As I write this Easter is almost upon us – in a few days we will be celebrating the Resurrection of Christ. That journey through the Triduum will be over. Once again you can take up the chocolate, biscuits or wine that you have perhaps given up for Lent; put away the Lenten reading that you meant to do but didn’t get beyond page 4; the roast lamb will be consumed; the Easter eggs eaten. Life will return to normal. Is that it?
It certainly wasn’t like that for those first disciples. For them, nothing would ever be the same again. Jesus, the man they had faithfully followed, the man who had perplexed them, the man who had died – had now risen from the dead. As he said he would. How can life ever be the same again for them?
And how can it ever be the same again for us. We who follow in the footsteps of Peter, John, Mary and the other disciples – can our lives return to ‘normal’ – I hope not! We are Resurrection people – living out the Gospel message of the Resurrection – of hope. So, do we carry on and soon forget about Easter – when is the next Bank Holiday? Or do we truly live out our faith as Resurrection people for:
‘the resurrection, ultimately, is for people who are hungry for life. It’s for those who are prepare to come alive to the vast, embracing love of God, to the glory and tragedy of the world, to the potential of Christ within east of us.
But without the resurrection, we would never have known…’
CHRIST IS RISEN! ALLELUIA!