Did you know that in the Church calendar Easter is a full 50 days? Most of us are used to having that glorious celebration on Easter Sunday and then looking forward to next year. But the early Church felt that there should be more to mark the greatest event in all of history: the resurrection of the Son of God. So they created Eastertide which runs from Easter Sunday to Pentecost. This is the longest season in the Church calendar. It says to us that the feast is always longer than the fast (Lent is 40 days). Generations of the Church say to us that this is the most important part of who we are as believers; we are resurrection people!
It has been said of our culture, “We know how to anticipate an event, but we don’t know how to sustain it.” This Easter season let’s find a way to celebrate new life. Some people plant a garden or begin learning a new language. Just like we sometimes fast during Lent may we feast and celebrate that Jesus has come to bring us life - life to the full!