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Easter is an extraordinary day - it is the day we celebrate the resurrection of a dead man. Now if one cannot count on a dead person staying dead, what can you rely on? But he was God - right? Doesn’t that make it all the more remarkable? Men have killed a God? How do we make sense of all that?
Well, we don’t. We celebrate an extraordinary mystery which is at the core of our faith: “Christ has died. Christ is risen. Christ will come again.”
It is an event worth celebrating for more than one day. It deserves a season - and it has one! But how many of us remember that Easter really lasts until Pentecost - 50 days! Sadly there are no directions in the Book of Common Prayer such as is given for Lent.
The new Bishop of Western MA the Rt. Rev. Douglas Fisher ,created some directions for the Easter Season his previous parish in NY. and this is an excerpt:
“Dear People of God: In the weeks after the Resurrection of Jesus, the apostles overcame their fears, and experienced forgiveness, peace, joy, amazement, and hope. Their hearts burned within them as they understood the scriptures in a whole new way. They ran from place to place, telling the Good News. They were filled with New Life.
I invite you, therefore, in the name of the Church, to a Holy Easter Season. Take into your souls the words of the angels: ‘do not be afraid.’ Face your fears. Forgive someone –perhaps even yourself. Allow yourself to be amazed at what God is doing. Read the scriptures and find a God of love. Go on an adventure. Try new things. Get creative. Use your imagination. Expand your horizons. Be joyful - God has a hold on you and will never let go. Tell others the Good News. Practice mercy, compassion, and hope. Praise God! Amen.”
Go forth dear Sisters and tell others the Good News! Mention how important Easter is in your life. If death had no power over Jesus, what else has no power over Him - and us? Human life changed forever with Christ’s Resurrection. Let us live as changed beings and tell the world about it!
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