Are you having a joyful Easter season so far? Allan Bevere writes at Christian Century:
… it is Easter that is the theological culmination and beginning of the Christian year. So the question is why many Protestants who observe Lent, do not observe, in similar fashion (in reference to importance), the full 50 days of the Easter season. Why is the greeting, “He is risen!” reserved only for Easter Sunday and not for all of Eastertide? Why is resurrection absent from some Protestant preaching the Sunday following Easter Sunday?
On Ash Wednesday we are invited to observe a holy Lent for 40 days. Why are we not similarly invited to observe a joyful Easter for 50 days following the morning the empty tomb is discovered?
At our parish, we are working to create a joyful atmosphere from now ’til Pentecost. We had a parish Easter party three days after Easter Sunday, and we are offering classes on living into the Joy of Resurrection. Our priest, a workaholic, made a personally challenging commitment to do “something fun” every day during the Easter season. What ideas do you have for living more fully into the Great 50 Days of Easter?