Today is the Wednesday in the Octave of Easter.
It is STILL Easter!
Easter isn’t just for a day.. we actually celebrate Easter for six weeks after the actual Easter Sunday, until the Solemnity of the Lord’s Ascension.
Then comes another big feast day for us Catholics: PENTECOST!
Incidentally, last Holy Week led me to reflect on the meaning of Easter in my own life.
I’ve come to realize and decide that Easter should be FOREVER. Forever remembered, stored away in my heart and lived out every day.
It’s funny and sad at the same time that many Catholics and Christians nowadays consider Christmas to be the biggest feast/time to celebrate. Complete with decorations, carols, sumptuous feasts, carolers, gifts, etc etc.
But what about EASTER? How come we don’t decorate our houses to celebrate the day when Jesus rose from the dead, and conquered death and sin for us all?
How come we don’t go from house to house singing “Jesus Christ Is Ris’n Today” or other Easter hymns?
How come we don’t send each other Easter cards in the same way we send Christmas cards (we list down every person we want to send cards to, etc etc)?
How come we don’t have Buena Noche on Easter eve (the night of the Easter Vigil)?
I’m not saying that I or we as a family were able to do all these things this Easter either. But we have decided that next year onwards, Easter (and the Holy Week before it) will definitely include more preparation on our parts and more activities for the kids and the whole family. We will start our own Easter traditions.
To remind us that Easter should be forever in our hearts. 🙂
(Incidentally, we as a Mission Team and family celebrated Easter in our own simple way. Karen baked a delicious chocolate cake and Anthony cooked some spaghetti. 🙂 Tim asked Karen to put a candle on the cake, his “birthday/Easter” cake. Yum yum! Kudos to Karen and Anthony and thanks for our simple, sumptuous Easter feast!)