Easter Sunday has passed. The drama of Holy Week is complete.
Those who were baptized at Easter Vigil are now completely dry. Or are they?
I know someone who was seeking something more, desiring something deeper and intentionally did not attend church on Easter (You know – too many big hats, fancy dresses and packed pews). Instead, she chose to courageously go to church for the first time as an adult on the Sunday that followed Easter. She figured it would be easier to find a parking place, there would be no incense to irritate those who might be sensitive to such smells, and more room in the pews–especially in the back. Her first reaction was something like “Wow, people actually come back after Easter. They come back to church after the big show! Maybe there is something to this after all!” If it were not for people that regularly gather together every Sunday, she would never have begun a deeper search for adult faith. The church in her wisdom presents us with forty days of Lent to inwardly prepare for what we call the Paschal Mystery – the gift of the Resurrection after recalling and reliving all of the sobering events of Holy Week. It is a special time in the Adult Catechumenate to prepare for Baptism at the Great Vigil of Easter. The Church now presents us with fifty days that lead to Pentecost to let what the Resurrection means soak into our hearts and life. We are given time to figure out what happened.
What difference does the Resurrection make in your everyday life? It is a time to live into our Baptism. It is time to ‘live wet”. Are you ready?
-Larry Ehren, BFL Catechist