|Posted on April 13, 2020 at 8:55 AM|
Yesterday we celebrated Easter Sunday. Jesus was in the tomb, dead, and yet he rose! He had spent time in the tomb from Good Friday afternoon to Easter morning. Many scholars say he had gone down into hell during this time. I believe this to be true because of his mission – to free us from the bondage of sin and death. And I know that he emerged, triumphant over death and the grave!
The whole week leading up to this Easter has meant so much to me. I knew what was going to happen, as it does during Holy Week every year, but this week was different. This year I spent most of my Holy Week alone, though my husband and I met up for meals and viewing of on-line services. I did spend time working on a home project, but I also had much more time than I usually do during Holy Week to think and pray. I could study the readings of the Passion in-depth, pray the rosary more often and just in general quiet myself to prepare for Triduum.
I was blessed to be able to participate in the Easter Vigil at our church as one of the cantors. One person was confirmed while hundreds of people (from across the USA, I’m told) watched our service which was streamed online. Then on Easter Sunday my husband and I connected online or via phone to greet family and friends.
Although we couldn’t exchange hugs this year, we could express our affection through our words and messages. Emojis I had never seen before were flying across my computer screen regularly. Despite our lockdown we were still connected – we could still encourage each other and share the Good News.
Now that it is Easter Monday, what am I going to do? I don’t want to let God drop into the background while I resume my old behavior. No, I’m going to try to keep up my studying, praying and reflecting. I’m going to continue to reach out to people via phone, text and Facebook. I’m going to try to keep the Good News alive!
What are you going to do?
Have a blessed Easter Monday!
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