For Christians, Easter is the day when Jesus rose again, three days after he died on the cross. During mass today, our priest asked us a question, what do we do in the 50 days of Easter season.
Our priest mentioned that we Catholics are very good at celebrating suffering, during the 40 days of Lent season, many make sacrifices and our churches come up with many programs. However, nothing is done for the 50 days of the Easter season. In fact, I have never really thought of the Easter season except for the first day of Easter (known as Easter Sunday).
What we do for Lent is for us, helping us to join the suffering of Jesus. Easter is the celebration of Jesus’ triumphant return to God, our father. So how do we celebrate Easter, celebrate our resurrection with our Lord Jesus Christ? Our priest asked if any of us have ever experienced resurrection and also for examples, none of in the congregation could. He then shared with us, for the poor and homeless, when members of the church went and help bring joy to them, each of them experiences mini resurrection. He also shared with us an incident he observed the night before. An elderly woman was standing at the side, one of the usher found a place in the center aisle and signaled another usher to guide the elderly woman to the empty seat. When the woman finally reached the space, she gave a sigh of relief. If he had not seen the event, it would have been lost. He noticed it because he was looking for it. Finally, our priest said that we are already at the end of time and mini resurrections is happening every day and we just have to look for it to see it.
I am grateful to have this priest ask questions to make me think and ponder on what I am doing with my faith. So how will you celebrate the 50 days of the Easter season?