EASTER is……NEWNESS. It’s a new dress, a new suit, a new baptismal garment, It’s a new dawn, a new day, a new person. It’s a new creation . ……A SPECTACLE OF LIGHT. It’s the sparks of the Easter fire and the dance of new flames. It is the Easter candle and the flames shared hand to hand. ……A PARADE OF SOUNDS. It is the laughter of children, the sound of delight and surprise. It is the ringing of bells and the sound of music. ……NEW LIFE AND DEATH. It is the springtime after winter, sprouting seeds and new shoots. It is the colorful array of spring flowers, warm sunlight and chirping birds. It is the stone rolled away and the tomb found empty. It is faith strengthened and hope springing eternal. It is the death of the old self, the reign of sin and Satan. …… VICTORY AND TRIUMPH. It is the victory of light over darkness, good over evil, joy over sorrow, optimism over pessimism, hope over despair, love over hate, life over death, Christ over Satan. ……YOU. It is sharing yourself with me. It is kind words and laughter, hugs and caring. It is your friendship. It is being lifted when you are down. It is allowing yourself to be open and growing. It is coming to a deeper relationship with Jesus. It is seeing Him in each other. ……OPEN DOORS. It is feeling free from our hidden self. It is walking out of the tomb. It is allowing others in. IT is walking through doors to a new life. It is stepping out of the graves we have dug for ourselves and living in the light. It is opening wide when someone is knocking. It is not barring the door or slamming it in someone’s face. It is opening the door of your heart to receive others with acceptance and welcome.
An Easter Treat: For a most special Easter treat watch Fr. Ray Kelly singing on You Tube.