Disciples, Apostles, and Saints!
Last week, I talked about “Easter Tired”. That part of Easter we don’t often talk about that is exhausting. Not just because we’ve done a lot in the last week. But the simple fact of making this special day is, for a lot of people, really tiring. Parents, caregivers, bakers, artists… all of the work to arrive at church like the empty tomb can feel like a lot.
There is also something like a Lenten hangover for many. We have spent the great forty days in daily reflection, self-examination, self-discipline and denial. We have kept daily devotions, read books and the Bible, and made a real effort to reflect on our life, faith, and hopes.
And now… um… what exactly do we do now? We ate the chocolate and said he alleluias! We’ve found eggs and eaten well. What are we supposed to do now?
For one, we are in the midst of a fifty-day season of Easter. So, I guess, keep it up.
But this feeling right after Holy Week, when we’re supposed to be celebrating, becomes something more like normal. In a way, we say to ourselves, I’m done with my fast, therefore I can break the fast. But normal time comes after Pentecost. This isn’t “back to normal”. It is still Easter.
So we should be asking ourselves: What did I learn about myself (or God/faith/ life/etc.) in Lent? And how can I live a life of celebration now?