Brothers and Sisters in Christ, we have come to the end of our Lenten journey and now join in the triumph of Jesus’ Resurrection and our Salvation through Him. This is cause for a great celebration!!!
Usually, at Easter, we dress in new clothes, gather together at Church to celebrate, and gather with friends and family for a special meal and fun activities.
This year is different.
We’re not able to gather in the same way that we normally would. But that doesn’t mean our joy in the Resurrection is diminished. Instead, we are reminded that when all the trappings of celebration are stripped away, there is still reason for joy.
Perhaps this year we can immerse ourselves in the simple triumph of the first Easter. We can focus on the complete and utter joy that the disciples felt when they met their Resurrected Lord. We can imagine the overwhelming shock and surprise that they encountered; the fear that turned to relief and the disbelief that turned to faith when they encountered the Risen Jesus.
That joy and faith are enough for our celebration this year. And, if we celebrate it with our whole selves, it will become part of who we are all year long. As St. John Paul the Great once said, “We are an Easter People and Alleluia is our song!”