Alleluia! Happy Easter
April 22, 2019
Alleluia! Happy Easter!
What a wonderful time in the Church year as we enter into the joy of the season of Easter. I’ve had the awesome privilege of journeying through RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) with 10 people and their sponsors, who were fully initiated and welcomed into the Catholic faith this past Saturday at the Easter Vigil. While they are now fully initiated into this wonderful faith tradition, I have once again been renewed in mine. This morning, through a reflection, I was offered 8 Tips to Take Easter Home; bringing this season to life in a practical and ongoing way, through renewal of my own baptismal call. I’d like to share these tips with you and extend you an invitation to do the same.
Take and Easter Walk. Over the next few days and weeks take a walk outside in the park, garden, woods, mall, wherever and look for new life. Notice the buds on the trees and the smell of the earth coming to life. Look for the presence of God which is all around us.
Rediscover your Baptism. Look at the pictures of your own baptism or of your children. Take out your baptismal candle and other items to display during the Easter season. Pick up some newly blessed holy water from the baptismal font and sign yourself with it each morning as you make the Sign of the Cross. Remember your Godparents and drop them a note or say a prayer of thanks for them.
Wear White. For the next weeks wear a splash of white to remind yourself that on the day of your baptism you were “clothed in Christ.
Light Candles. Light candles at dinner time or in your main living space recall that Jesus is the light of the world. As you light the candles say: “Christ our light”.
Dress up your table throughout the Easter Season using your prettiest table cloth and finest dishes. Make at least one meal time each week special. Before each meal say the words: “Jesus Bread of Life”.
Make bathing a time of Renewal. As you shower or bathe, remember your baptism and say “Christ the water of Life”. When you use oil or lotions, remember that you have been anointed with the spirit of Christ.
Let each day be a little Easter. As you begin each day, start by saying “This is the day the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad”. That is the traditional Easter psalm; Psalm 118. Give yourself a few minutes of quiet, coffee time and consecrate your day to God.
Write a thank you note.For the next 7 weeks write a note each week to someone you appreciate but maybe don’t share with them enough. Before you hit send or seal the envelope, say a prayer of blessing over it.
In closing, I would like to end with the blessing used before Confirmation at the Easter vigil:
All – powerful God,
please bless us with the spirit of wisdom and understanding,
the spirit of right judgement and courage,
,the spirit of knowledge and reverence.
Fill us with the spirit of wonder and awe in your presence.
We ask this through Jesus our Lord, friend and Savior. Amen
(tips adapted from Team RCIA)