This weekend is the Olympeia festival honoring Olympian Zeus. There may not be as much known about the festival as others, but coming at about the same time of year as the Jewish Passover and Christian Easter, this makes a wonderful time for Hellenists to honor the “chief” God of our pantheon.
Homeric Hymn 23 to Cronides (trans. Evelyn-White) (Greek epic C7th to 4th B.C.) :
“To [Zeus] Kronides (the Son of Kronos), Most High (hypatos). I will sing of Zeus, chiefest among the gods and greatest, all-seeing, the lord of all, the fulfiller who whispers words of wisdom to Themis as she sits leaning towards him. Be gracious, all-seeing Kronides, most excellent and great!”
He is definitely a God that many people are drawn to outside of the Hellenic realm and as such is one that we need to pay careful attention to ourselves. As the Lord of the Gods, he sees mankind and our deeds. Are our deeds what we want Him to see?
This is something we need to ask ourselves. Are we honoring this god appropriately, or are we thinking of him only as a “sky god” instead of a judge among Gods and Men?
Are we allowing ourselves to fall victim to evil thoughts — such as racism and sexism? Are we treating others as being LESS than human? If we are, then perhaps, we should rethink our stances…. Especially in light of Zeus’ judgments