|4/6/2013 11:34:00 AM|
Easter is a long season
Catholic News Service
Three women bring ointment to Christ's tomb and discover it open in this artwork attributed to illuminator Cristoforo de Predis.
The Easter season — which goes through Pentecost — is the pinnacle of the liturgical year for Catholics.
Although the word is often misused in current times to make trivial things seem more special, Christ’s resurrection, his life renewed from the experience of death, is truly awesome.
A trip to the grocery store is a sad statement about our culture’s view of the season. Easter seems to be about consumption, not faith. Egg hunts, chocolate bunnies and plastic straw in pastel baskets fog our view of what Easter is really about.
For Catholics, it’s all about faith. A faith comes from the continued presence of Jesus in our lives, our relationship with the Lord and with the Church. Our faith in the resurrection.
Mary Magdala was there early in the morning, when she saw that the stone was removed from Christ’s tomb.
We were not there to see it, but one wonders. If it were us there, would we have the faith to believe?
Would we have had the sense to look beyond that empty tomb, to focus on the new life opened for all of us?
Then the other disciple also went in,
the one who had arrived at the tomb first,
and he saw and believed.
For they did not yet understand the Scripture
that he had to rise from the dead.
— from John 20
This Holy Week, let’s look beyond that rolled-away stone and trust our faith to lead us into the light of Christ’s resurrection — to lead our actions, our thoughts and our hearts and work to create a true Easter moment for all whose lives we touch.