Easter is a season of ongoing resurrection. It is a celebration that starts with one glorious morning but cannot be contained in a single day and so we continue to celebrate the Easter Season. We know Lent is 40 days and if you are like me, you feel each and every one. However, we forget that Easter is 50 days, and we are shortchanging ourselves if we are not rejoicing in it!
“Peace be with you,” says the Resurrected Jesus to His disciples. As we continue to celebrate Easter, we share with you a video meditation on two masterpieces.
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The Easter Season is about resurrection. It is the perfect time to go to Jesus and ask Him to make things new. To give you new life. And He will, He wants to – but will you let Him? Sometimes we leave the door open just a crack, and peer out into the hallway as we cling to our old way of life, like a child clings to a blanket.
Two curious young adults approached a Zen master and asked, “How do we attain peace in our lives?” The master replied, “There are two creatures inside of us. One feeds on anger, resentment, bitterness, frustration, fear, and doubts. The other feeds on mercy, forgiveness, compassion, understanding, and love.” The young adults inquired intriguingly, “Which creature is stronger?” The master replied, “The one you feed the most. Feed the right one; you will attain peace.”
St. John the Evangelist bravely stands vigil alongside the Blessed Virgin Mary at the foot of the Cross, with his own mother, "looking on from afar" (Matthew 27:55). In the most incredible act of love, Jesus strains to fill His lungs with air, and with just a few words, gives Mary to the world and institutes her spiritual motherhood when He proclaims from the Cross, "Woman, behold your son!" Then He says to the disciple, "Behold your mother!" (John 19:26-27a).
Much will be made during these days right after Easter about the different ways that Jesus appeared to His disciples after He rose from the dead. The early Christian community felt it was important to publicize these happenings as proof that He rose from the dead.