Is Easter Over?

When we celebrate Christmas, we follow with the twelve days of Christmas. Even moving ahead to Epiphany, we talk about the magi experiencing the birth of Jesus. Then we move from the birth, a little bit of childhood, and forge into Jesus’ ministry. We can get a few days, or even a week out of Christmas. What about Easter? Is it a one and done Sunday? After Jesus has risen, what is there to talk about?

Actually we move from Easter Sunday into Eastertide. Eastertide is the period of fifty days from Easter Sunday to Pentecost Sunday. Each Sunday of the season is treated as a Sunday of Easter, and, after the Sunday of the Resurrection, they are named Second Sunday of Easter, Third Sunday of Easter, etc. up to the Seventh Sunday of Easter, while the whole fifty-day period concludes with Pentecost Sunday.

Eastertide might be a time when we could do some inner processing of what Easter means to us. The Easter egg hunts are over. The big meal has already been prepared and shared. The worship service is past, so this is the time when we can sit and listen to what is happening in our hearts. What does Jesus’ resurrection mean to us? Eastertide allows us to think deeply and pray broadly about what the resurrection of Jesus means, both to us and to our world.

Let me make a few suggestions of what could be done during Eastertide:

¨ Meditate upon what the resurrection says about the character of Jesus Christ as the Righteous One of God (Psalm 16:10; Acts 2:25-28).

¨ Ponder the fact that death has been swallowed up in victory (1 Corinthians 15:54-56).

¨ Consider how the resurrection gives us “new birth into a living hope” (1 Peter 1:3).

¨ Read the resurrection story from each of the Gospels. How are they different? What touches you about the story? (Matthew 28:1-10, Mark 16:1-8, Luke 24:1-12, John 20:1-23)

¨ Read a book about resurrection. Two possible books by Eugene Peterson, who is best known as the translator of The Message, would be Living the Resurrection: The Risen Christ in Everyday Life, and Practice Resurrection: A Conversation on Growing Up in Christ.

¨ Listen to music with Easter themes. Two suggestions would be Johann Sebastian Bach’s Easter Oratorio and Johann Pachelbel’s Easter Cantatas.

¨ While you read the resurrection stories, look for pieces of art depicting the stories. What did the artist see in the story?

We have our Lenten traditions of prayer, fasting and giving. Why not start an Eastertide tradition as well?  We might find Eastertide to be just as meaningful, or maybe even more meaningful, as we look for the inner meaning of Easter.

Happy Easter!

~Eldonna Hazen

 

Posted on April 7, 2015 at 12:15 pm in Featured Content.

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