Happiness is not having to cook Easter dinner, and someone being nice enough to have all six of us over to eat with them.
It’s funny. Not that long ago, I would be upset by the lack of organized chaos and people everywhere. But I think having worked on becoming closer to Him this Easter season, I am strangely comfortable in my own skin and happy to sit quietly and enjoy life. I can just be.
That’s today. But isn’t it true that a day is all we have in this life. Living in Newtown CT and having so much death and tragedy in our midst, I have found that I don’t “want” for so many things as I did in the past. I actually took a layman’s vow of poverty. Which for me meant shedding my life of the unnecessary. Be it clothing, stuff, people, etc. I also am not worrying about the things I have no control over.
At mass this morning, the priest described the period of Good Friday to Easter Sunday as being a very difficult time for many. We contemplate the death of our Jesus. For us in 2013, we know He would rise. What about back then? He said He would rise, they had faith in Him, but there was no proof. There was no guarantee.
So, as I sat in mass today, thinking about why we celebrate this day, I realized that Easter is very much like New Years Day. It’s a chance for re-birth. A chance to renew our faith, feel confident that we had the fortitude to keep our Lenten promises and knowing that no matter how bad things get, we can always rely on our God and know that we’ll be okay.
Happy Easter to all of you and a very special Happy Easter to all of you who may be spending this day alone.
Just know, that you and I and everyone who truly believes are never alone.