Why Ten Days Longer?

 

Are you different? Has your faith in Christ deepened? Is the Easter Season changing your life by bringing you into a new experience of joy?

Since the Season is fifty days – ten days longer than Lent – the Church emphasizes the importance of continuing the celebration.  For most people, Easter has long been in the “rearview mirror.”   So wrong and so sad!

When Jesus rose from the dead, a new dawn came into this world, and for those of us who believe, today is just as bright and meaningful as that first Easter morn.  How much joy should fill our hearts at the thought of the victory Jesus won for us!

Does the Church exaggerate the importance of the Resurrection and our need to truly celebrate it?

Hardly.

On June 4, Pentecost Sunday, we will hear once again at Mass, how the Apostles were so filled with the Holy Spirit’s joy, not to mention courage, that their proclamation of the Gospel brought 3000 new believers into the fold.   Some in the crowd that day thought the Apostles were drunk.  Of course they were…inebriated by the Spirit of God (Eph. 5:18) and the new wine that God had “saved for last.” (John 2:10)

The Apostles were jubilant in their witnessing to Jesus’ Resurrection.  Rising from the dead was the final ‘word’ of Jesus for them, and so it is for us.  Heaven is our final destination, yes, but  eternal life breaks into our day-to-day life in several ways.

From Sligo's Cathedral

Do we dare share our faith in the Risen Jesus with others?

What if we are rejected?

To the church at Laodicea, a community which Jesus rebuked for being ‘lukewarm,’ Jesus made this compelling invitation;

“Behold, I stand at the door and knock.”   -Rev. 3:20

If we open our  hearts to Jesus, we can expect change.  At the Last Supper, He promised;

“Whatever you ask the Father, He will give you in my name.  Ask, and you shall receive, that your joy may be full.”  – John 16:23-24

Could it be that simple?

In a word, “yes.”  But when we ask, we should ask with all the faith we can summon.  However big or small our faith, Jesus will answer.

When Maeve was a  LAMP Missionary, she asked the children in a youth group that she directed if they felt happy upon awakening each morning.  Surprisingly, many said, “no.”  She thus encouraged the children to thank God each morning for all His blessings and to praise Him for His goodness.

“Angels and saints sing praises to God constantly,” she told them, “And though none of us has halos or wings, it doesn’t stop us from joining the heavenly chorus!”

Brothers and sisters….the Lord invites us to celebrate all of life as if it were Easter.

THE TRUTH IS  …IT IS!!!

PS  We hope you enjoy the hymn in the Youtube video at the top of this post.  It’s been a  wonderful theme for our continuing Easter celebration, and we sing it in our prayer time together.

3 thoughts on “Why Ten Days Longer?”

  1. AAAMMMMEEEEEENNNNN BROTHER!!!! Love what you wrote – really put a smile on my face. Also really loved Maeve’s spiritual direction of the children – right on the mark!

  2. Lovely post, good bro’! Did you know that the metaphor of God’s love as wine is used in many different spiritual traditions? And I did enjoy that YouTube hymn, especially the part about becoming one with Him, which is another motif that is common to many spiritual paradigms. The chorus of the song rolled over me like soothing ocean waves.

  3. Thanks Glenn as always! My cousin (just two weeks younger than I am) was an amazing Franciscan priest – first an English teacher, then a guidance counselor, and finally a Baltimore area pastor. He so loved his work. Sadly, he’d been a smoker for some years and did come from a family with heart/lung troubles. He died suddenly a few years back, but his funeral FILLED with his Franciscan brothers and fellow priests made his funeral SO JOYOUS! At the wake ONE close friend spoke at length and the next day at the funeral (both in his parish’s sanctuary), another friend told other grand tales of what joys he brought to all who knew him. EVERYWHERE we heard the expression, “We are an EASTER people!” I love crying and laughing at the same time. Spring does it too me, and all the readings from Acts where we hear of the JOY of the Spirit at work in people – and the astounding events. I don’t doubt them ever. Thanks for your words.
    BTW, if you are a FICTION reader at times, a STrANGER in the Nisky library recommended PEACE LIKE A RIVER by Leif Ender (I think that’s his name). I loved this book. About a man who was deeply close to God but whose son got himself in some trouble. Dad and that boy’s two sibs all love each other deeply. It’s a STORY but for me it was such a tribute to the power of one’s relationship to the lord. Just wanted to share. Marni

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