Eastertime – Rising to New Life!
By Molly Bird, Coordinator of Peer Ministry
We have now transitioned from the season of Lent, a time of repentance and conversion, into the Easter season. Easter is the greatest feast of the liturgical year, and central to the Christian faith. Easter is about rising to new life, new beginnings, salvation, and hope for humanity. We bring back the Alleluia and Gloria as we celebrate the victory of Christ’s resurrection. Thankfully Easter doesn’t only last one day! It is a fifty day celebration leading us to Pentecost Sunday. The Easter season can be a time of great joy and graces in our lives.
The Easter season is a time for us to reflect on this great joy and can give us hope for our own lives. We are privileged to celebrate this great feast and know how the story plays out, but for those Christians who lived during Jesus’ time they did not know what the future held. What does it really mean for our lives that the world emerged from darkness into light? Jesus’ death and resurrection has given me an example for my own life. I often wondered if anyone goes through life without suffering. Wouldn’t that be nice? Then I realized how bold it was of me to think such a thing. Jesus took on the ultimate suffering and death on a cross. How am I to think I might not endure suffering in my own life when Jesus suffered so much? I also realized, without suffering there is no resurrection, no new life. This gave me a sense of peace and humility that my suffering is not in vain; it is part of God’s plan to draw us closer to Him. The scriptures tell us, “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who in his great mercy gave us a new birth to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead” (1 Peter 1:3). And the apostle Paul tells us, “just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might live in newness of life. For if we have grown into union with him through a death like his, we shall also be united with him in the resurrection” (Romans 6:4-5).
Truths like these give me great hope! How can we relate this message of resurrection to our own lives this spring? What sufferings might Jesus use to draw us closer to Him and transform us and others into new beings? If God can bless the flowers and trees and grass with such wonder, can he not also do greater things with His children? Alleluia, Glory to God!