Reflection April 7, 2021
Easter is over, isn’t it? In the grocery stores the Easter candy has been moved to another
location and has been significantly marked down. Easter Sunday 2021 is history.
However, the church has just begun the celebration of the Easter Season, or at least we
are supposed to be.
Easter for the Christian is THE DAY that makes everything different. For us, if Easter is
just one day that interrupts the routine, is just one day for rejoicing that doesn’t carry over
into our EVERDAY, then we have missed out on the significance of Easter. Luke tells us
that after the resurrection and the ascension of Jesus, the disciples didn’t just go back to
life as normal. “They returned to Jerusalem with great joy, and were continually in the
temple blessing God.” (Luke 24:53)
Unless I am mistaken, Easter is a revelation and a beginning, full of joy and hope that is
transforming, renewing and life-giving. Easter does not simply interrupt our lives for a
morning, or a day. Easter and what it means, if we embrace the wonder of Easter in our
hearts, can bring us a new way to look at life, our world, one another and ourselves.
Many people have longed for this Easter. Easter was a day of joy and celebration this
year that came at a time when many are beginning to feel more comfortable venturing out
into the world again. At least a little. At least to church for Easter. So this Easter was
more blessed because it was a day to gather with family and friends in ways we have not
done in over a year. At church this last Sunday there was something that has been
missing for over a year - the joyful noise of a crowd of people talking after the worship
service. Most people stayed for over 30 minutes just talking to people they hadn’t seen in
a long while. Easter was very timely, bringing a fresh breath of hope, of the promise of
new life and the wonder of the grace and love of God.
If Easter is not something to interrupt the despair and the uncertainty of these times, and
give new meaning to life, then what it? What does Easter mean to you? I am grateful
that Easter is so much more than a day. I am looking forward to celebrating the Easter