WHY DO EASTER WEEK?
Why do Easter Week at all? I thought of some reasons:
I “do” Easter Week along with the Church, (not the New Version, by the way, but the original, ongoing Church) because it affords me the time to savor the things of Eternity that we may come to know while still here on Earth.
The things of this Earth change and pass away so quickly that there is nothing solid to hang on to. Placing all your hope in this world is like resting on a bed of clear Jell-O — really! — it’s comfortable and easy and kind of fun at first, but you sink down deeper and deeper and deeper and you begin to struggle for air, for the sight of other people, for something firm to grasp onto — and there is nothing, because the things of this Earth offer no solid foundation.
Christ died on the Cross to give us a firm foundation to grasp onto – an eternal foundation that will not change and that will always be benevolent and full of personal love for us.
I “do” Easter week because as I catch myself growing older, I understand how much for a greater purpose is the time that is given to each one of us. Time is fleeting! Time is passing!
As you’re sinking deeper into that bed of clear, comfy Jell-O, there are many distractions offered on the way down. Seems like fun. Seems important, for a moment in time.
How precious is the Time given to us? Here is a quote from Mother Angelica, who died just recently, as she lay on her death bed, hanging on to life, hanging on, hanging on. She was asked why do you want to keep on living? . . . “Because I will have suffered one more day for the love of God… It will exercise you in virtue. But most of all I will know God better. You cannot measure the value of one new thought about God in your own life.'”
One. New. Thought. About. God. . . .
That’s what Time can give
I “do” Easter Week because I want to understand the difference between God in His Heaven, on the one hand, and this Fallen World, on the other hand. It’s a clear choice. The more I understand, the more my soul will choose God truly and rightly. It works this way: the more you know God, the more you love Him; the more you love Him, the more you want to know; the more you know God, the more you love Him . . . .
One knows his loved one better by spending time together. At least an Octave of days, right? And then every day of your life.
Finally, “I do” Easter Week because of the real contrast between Time and Eternity. Nothing final happens in Time, but I’d rather not spend my Eternity in a permanent state of Hellish, agonizing regret and despair and self-hatred (I should have known!). I’d rather not have an Eternity being a plaything of the Enemies of my Soul, the Enemies of God, who themselves are in such torment that not even tormenting me can ease their pain – but they have an eternity to try.
Time. An Octave of time. In the Epistle reading given to us today, Peter is giving some powerful teaching about time. He says, You all, in the audience here, the God who loves you so much worked through your ancestors to prepare you for Christ, and then, in your ignorance of Him He was put to death. You denied the Holy One and the Just – and desired that a murderer be granted unto you. . . . I know that you did this out of ignorance, but now there is Time to repent – time to think, time to come to Christ for forgiveness and for your salvation.
A paraphrase, of course, emphasizing the use we can make of our Time remaining here on Earth. The Truth dawns on us, the Un-Truth becomes unworkable, intolerable, the desire for something Good and Lasting grows, and the Will comes into play — Time, Time to choose!
That’s what having an Octave of Time is all about.