"Then Jesus said to them, 'Do not be afraid. Go tell my brothers to go to Galilee, and there they will see me.'"
Is it a difficult transition from Lenten sacrifices and penance to Easter joy? Not for me, who struggles so with the penances in the first place, but perhaps for others. Sometimes it is easier and more comfortable to be penitent during Lent than to celebrate Easter. But, the fact is, Lent was only forty days and we celebrate Easter as Church for fifty days, so make merry and join the fun! We had a wonderful homily during our Easter Vigil, showing us ways we can share in the Risen life of Jesus. First of all, any time we love again after a rejection in our lives, we share in the Risen One. Any time we hope again after all seems lost, we share in Jesus' new, risen life. Any time we pick ourselves up and try again after failure, we are one with the Risen Lord. And any time we trust again after our trust has been betrayed, we are rising with Christ. Our lives are a series of death and rising too, if we live our lives in Jesus and with Jesus. The mysterious Resurrection can be part of our daily work-a-day lives right here, right now! And that is certainly worth celebrating for at least fifty days! He is Risen! Love, heidi