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Season lasts 50 days until the Feast of Pentecost. It is filled with stories of great faith and
transformation. The story of our life
should be no different. We need to listen
closely to the scriptures which recount the boldness of faith and the birthing
of the Church.
Did you know
that Easter gets its name from the pagan goddess of light Eastre? This works well
because Christ is the light of the world.
The Babylonians and Assyrians called their spring goddess Ishtar.
In Phoenecia, she was known as Astarte. Her spring renewal festival celebration was a
moveable event, centered around the vernal equinox.
It was in 325 that the Council of Nicea declared that the
date observing the resurrection of the Lord would occur around the first day of
spring. Thus, Easter would always be on
the first Sunday after the first full moon on or after the vernal equinox. (This
year the full moon was on Wednesday of Holy Week… and hence Easter Sunday was
very early in the calendar.) Today, Eastre’s pagan celebration still
survives with rabbits, eggs and buns.
Easter bunnies? The rabbit was the symbol of new life, new spring and
rebirth. Hot cross buns? Eastre
celebrations featured these tasty treats.
The word ‘bun’ comes from the Saxon boun,
which means ‘sacred ox’. At the
ceremony, an ox was sacrificed and little cakes were passed to the
celebrants. The cakes had their tops
scored in the shape of a ‘V’ to symbolize the sign of the ox’s horns. As this was such an integral part of the
pagan feast, the Christians scored the buns with the Christian cross.
Season – like all seasons within the Church year – provides us the opportunity
to focus our minds and hearts toward Jesus in a special way. May we rise above whatever limits us or
discourages us from realizing the fullness of Easter joy in our lives. Easter’s empty tomb reveals the
transformation that can be ours in seeking reconciliation with one another, in
possessing the greatness of heart to forgive and seek forgiveness, in seeking
that unique and total joy that comes only from putting the joy of others before
Make an effort to reclaim your particular moment of
Easter joy. Having sacrificed during
Lent, fill this Holy Season with a bounty of Christ’s compassion, forgiveness,
and joy. Heal a broken relationship that
is still in need of grace. See one
another with eyes of hopefulness and the potential of His call to be whole. Take a moment to pray for someone who causes
you angst, has hurt you or even for someone whom you intensely dislike. Turn it over to the Risen Christ!
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