Greetings in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ,
We are in the Great 50 Days of Easter, a season of great joy, hope, and anticipation. At the Easter Vigil this year I spoke about using "Easter" as a verb:
I use a phrase from Gerard Hopkins who writes, "LET HIM EASTER IN US!!" It is a wonderful phrase. It is a beautiful prayer, "Let him Easter in us." In fact, I think this is a great way to look at the real truth, the transforming reality of Easter. Let Easter get into us. Let Easter come and live where we live, right here, right now. Let Easter permeate our souls. Let him Easter in us! Isn't that really what we all long for? Not Easter as a noun, a long-ago event. But, rather, Easter as a verb, something that transforms our lives, something that gives us new life now, something that gives us hope and meaning and courage. As a community of faith we participated in an act of hope, meaning and transformation when we renew our Baptismal Vows and we recall that we have been changed forever. Isn't that what our hearts long for? Let him Easter in us!
In these times when we are beset by war, global instability, threats of terror, vast unemployment, natural disasters, and economic challenges, when there seems to be no solid earth on which we can stand, this way of looking at Easter reminds us that our true home is with the risen Jesus, our paradise is in what is yet to come, and our redemption has been accomplished. Let him Easter in us! Now let us go forth and live it.
Alleluia, Christ is risen. The Lord is risen indeed! Alleluia!
Blessings, Peace, Joy, & Hope,
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