by sue smarkala, guest blogger
Easter Sunday marks the Resurrection of Jesus three days after his death by crucifixion. For many Christians, Easter is the joyful end to the Lenten season of fasting and penitence. May your journey through this Easter season be filled with love, hope and peace from our Lord Jesus Christ. Blessings to you and yours!
Happy Easter! Hallelujah!!
Easter Sunday, the most important day in the Christian year, is a celebration of Jesus’ resurrection. What humans have used for evil, God has used for good. ‘Hallelujah’, Praise God, Father Son and Holy Spirit, Creator, Christ and Spirit.
The return of Christians to their churches on Easter Sunday is a joyous and happy one – after the sadness of the Good Friday service. We are a forgiven people! Praise be to God. Christians believe that a contrite heart and a willingness to say, “I’m sorry.”, wipes the slate clean. We can start afresh to meet the expectations of our God.
The sense of rebirth is strong at the timing of the Easter Sunday. Baby chicks – fluffy bunnies – boughs of flowering forsythia – lilies and tulips - all speak to the mystery of life eternal. After months of snow, ice, storms and deep cold, we, in Ottawa, see the earth renewing itself. Life in abundance – we are not alone – thanks be to God.
Christianity encourages us to imagine a fresh opportunity for us to respond to Christ’s commandment: John 13:34, “…to love one another…as I have loved you.”