"Jesus Christ Risen, Alleluia!!" I can hear my kids singing this down the hall, and "I Will Raise You Up" tends to get lots of voice time around here too!!
The Resurrected Christ is our Glory! "On the third day, he rose again..." We say this in our Creed, this is our faith! From Pope Benedict XVI:
Resurrection means that God holds the reins of history and has not handed over power to the laws of nature. It means that he has not become powerless (emphasis mine) and that the universal law of death is not, after all, the ultimate power in the world; he is the ultimate, for he is the first. (Seek That Which is Above)
Just like God brought his people to a "land flowing with milk and honey" so too does Jesus in his rising from the dead give us our Hope!
Our Hope, does indeed spring eternal with his resurrection.
He is for ALL time, the Alpha and the Omega.
He is a "light to lighten the Gentiles and the glory of your people Israel."
His life and death has again come full circle and we celebrate with joy and gladness that we are again saved in his mercy!
Thank goodness Lent is only 40 days and Easter is a whole 50 days! It sure makes the fasting of Lent easier in knowing that we can rejoice in the Lord for all 50 days! That alone gives me hope!!
And it would be fitting to continue the idea that "little Easters" can happen every Sunday throughout the year, in fact necessary for our faith and spiritual growth. I love this idea and we have tried to do this in our domestic church here at home. I am thrilled that Dawn linked the Tomie dePaola Garden of the Good Shepherd Sticker Calendar for the Fifty Days of Easter! We are rejoicing in the continuation of our Bible readings that will focus on Jesus as the Good Shepherd, a delightful way for our children to think of their Lord as a keeper of the sheep!
I delighted in my husbands generosity this past week as he volunteered to watch the younger boys so I could partake in the complete Triduum and watch my older children serve. This is something I've never been able to do before and I pray that I can make the same sacrifice for him sometime soon, perhaps I already have...
Thankfully, we were fortunate to attend the Easter Vigil as a whole family and the older two also served at this incredibly powerful Mass. Our younger two boys were so attentive and eager to participate in the Mass and we were privy to witness one precious Baptism, it truly was a little slice of heaven here on earth.
One of the fun highlights of our Easter celebration this year was a delightful Easter Hike! After a little of this:
...we geared up and went to one of our favorite hiking, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing spots. This year we opted for our own two feet to carry us!
These photos of our Easter Day celebration and are why I will cling to the idea that our Hope Springs Eternal in Jesus the Risen Lord for our Fifty Days of Easter, and beyond!
We concluded our hike at the lodge where we devoured some well-earned victuals and couldn't resist the sledding hill just outside beckoning us once again into God's creation for some more recreation!
And then it was time to go home...
This last photo reminds me most of Gods endless love and devotion for his created beings. Violet summed it up nicely when she exclaimed, "Mommy, look at the forest, it just goes on forever."
And so does God's love for his people, in His dying and rising again, he will go on forever! And our Hope will Spring Eternal in his everlasting glory!
Happiest Easter wishes to you all for the Fifty Days and Beyond!