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I love the points that you brought up. You are absolutely right.
However, you say: "I’ve also learned that the Easter story doesn’t revolve around crucifixion, an empty tomb, or even the glory of a resurrected spirit."
By saying Easter doesn't revolve around the crucifixion/resurrection of Jesus, you dismiss the truth about Easter. It IS about the crucifixion. It IS about an empty tomb. It IS about a resurrected tomb. It IS about Jesus.
I'm not dismissing Mary and everything she has done.
However, don't dismiss the real reason for Easter.