The Great 50 Days of Easter

     As there are 12 days of Christmas, so there are 50 days of Easter. The season of Easter ends with Pentecost – the 50th day.

     Society has a hard enough time understanding the twelve days of Christmas. I am afraid the concept of celebrating 50 days of Easter is not really going to catch on. At least with Christmas, many of us still have trees up and decorated, and a few of us even make sure the outdoor decorations are still on until the Feast of the Epiphany or 12th Night, January 6. For most people, Easter ends on Sunday, Easter Day, when the last of the meal is finished, or when the Easter candy is gone. For society it is now time to look toward Memorial Day, opening the cottage, putting the boat into the water, and enjoying the summer. Check, we’ve had Easter, time to move on.

     Throughout all of this, I’ve realized that we as Christians are going about this entirely the wrong way. At Christmas, rather than saying “Happy Holidays,” Christians should always say, “Merry Christmas.” We are to join in the merriment of the birth of Jesus. At Easter, rather than saying, “Happy Easter,” we should be saying, “Alleluia, Christ is Risen!” Easter is not about eggs, bunnies, chicks, candy, new clothes, lilies, etc. Easter is about Christians as people of faith proclaiming the truth that Jesus was raised with the dead and lives! We should be bubbling over with joy and excitement at this great news!

     I’ve also realized we should stop treating the Resurrection of Christ like an Easter decoration to be brought out on special occasions, enjoyed for the holiday, and then put away until next year. That is treating this life-changing event a bit like our fine china, good sterling flatware, and fragile crystal. Instead, every day we should rejoice in the reality that Christ is risen, and because He lives, we too have life everlasting. Every day is a day to celebrate and we need to continuously tell the world this fabulous news.

Be sure to celebrate the season of Easter in its entirety. Don’t be in such a rush to get on to the next thing. Savor the moment and fully enjoy the present. Future events will come quickly enough; if you are too focused on what is coming, you will miss the present glories all around you.

May God richly bless and keep you this Easter season and always.

May the Lord Christ Bless you abundantly!

Fr. Rex