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EASTER DAZE

April 2, 2018

To  internalize and personalize

Poetry first.   Blake,  my favorite:

Little Lamb published

I’ll put the words down below.   It’s the perfect Easter thought.      But it’s poetry.  Not – zip zip – Twitter.  Not  – zip zip and away –  Instagram.   It’s for a human mind.

Slowing Down

The Church doesn’t rush you (us).       When something big is commemorated on the Calendar ,  there is often an Octave of Days that follows  to take it all in.

And so it is with Easter.  There is an Easter octave that follows, culminating with “Whit Sunday”  or  maybe now just called the “Octave of Easter”;  and during this time there are things we can think about,  meditating,  allowing the meaning of Easter to sink in more deeply,  so that we don’t have just a shallow experience with Easter  —  here comes the holiday,  there it goes.

That’s why these Easter Days can be an Easter Daze.

Dazed.    Physically or mentally.

brick   I was  “dazed”   once.  I was a little girl in the city, playing with some construction bricks in the mud and sticks.  Along came some “big boys”  who saw me, picked up a brick, and threw it at me.   It hit me right smack in the forehead.

Nothing personal.  I knew it.   But my Dad came roaring out of our home after those boys.  Of course he didn’t catch them.    Big boys in the city know how to get away.

I sported the proverbial “goose egg”  on my head for a while,  I don’t remember how long,  but I do remember that first day. It was the very definition of “being dazed.”     I smile now because that sense of being dazed is firm in my memory and it gives me a pretty accurate glimpse of what life was like when I was about six years old. –  better than a photograph.

As I grew older,  older,  really old!,   I came to understand that a person can be mentally or emotionally dazed by something he has just heard or seen,  something that has affected him deep down where his fears and beliefs are.

Perhaps you have had a “blow”  like that.   Some news or information has hit you like a “ton of bricks.”       You’re in a daze for a while.

And like the one brick that hit my head,  it doesn’t have to  stay bad, especially if, while you are dazed,  you can learn something.

If you give yourself the time.    Maybe an “octave”   to think about it.

We  —  now, not one person,  but the human race as a whole –  We’ve just had the “very bad” experience of Holy Week,  all those events that led up to the Crucifixion, one day at a time,  carefully following and fulfilling the entire Passover actions:

lamb perfect

The perfect little lamb came into Jerusalem and  was chosen by the people (Palm Sunday), and then on Monday and Tuesday it became familiar to the people,  and then it was examined by expert – and found to be perfect, without blemish, without fault.

And on “Spy Wednesday” it was rejected and plans for its death were put into place:

30 pieces

Judas,  the “spy.”

The Perfect Lamb knew it wasn’t going to live much longer.   The Lamb made provisions for its future ongoing presence in the world . . .

last supper

And then, as we know,  that what the Lamb came for – it happened:

Lamb on the Cross

Mean anything?   Or is this just an Instagram photo?  Life resumes . . . . after the Easter dinner and candy.

Or are you  in on  the Meaning?  the  Effect?   The death that split time into  B.C.  and A.D.      Split the Old Covenant from the New Covenant,  the Old Testament from the New.

The Church thinks we all need these Easter Days – at the very least! – to internalize and to personalize what just happened.

Go slow.  Go thoughtfully.   Go new, like a child.   Here’s William Blake,  to help –

 

The Lamb
Little lamb, who made thee?
Dost thou know who made thee,
Gave thee life, and bid thee feed
By the stream and o’er the mead;
Gave thee clothing of delight,
Softest clothing, woolly, bright;
Gave thee such a tender voice,
Making all the vales rejoice?
Little lamb, who made thee?
Dost thou know who made thee?

Little lamb, I’ll tell thee;
Little lamb, I’ll tell thee:
He is called by thy name,
For He calls Himself a Lamb.
He is meek, and He is mild,
He became a little child.
I a child, and thou a lamb,
We are called by His name.
Little lamb, God bless thee!
Little lamb, God bless thee!

 

 

For all friends of the Victorious Lamb:

lamb victorious

 

 

 

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WHY DO EASTER WEEK?

March 30, 2016

 Why do Easter Week at all?    I thought of some reasons:

Banner Easter Wed
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.

bed of air
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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

TIME FOR “TYPE”

March 29, 2016

Looks like Easter Tuesday gives us:  fun with types!

 

Banner Easter Tuesday

The Octave of Easter gives us Time to work out and enjoy some of the meanings of Easter.  In lessons for today we are given  many thoughts about the Types that were fulfilled by the death and resurrection of Jesus.

A Type?  There are several definitions of the word,  but the most  wonderful,  the most useful to us is this: a type is a person, thing, or event that really exists (or existed)  that prefigures a future person, thing, or event of greater significance. . . .

Well, let’s just say a Type is like a beautiful door:

door

At first, when you’re new at this,  you realize that words can have two meanings:  one is the plain meaning the word signifies  (and all the things it calls to mind, in context and experience and definition).

There are Easter Words like  Passover   and Passage and Egypt and  slavery  and Israel and lamb and sacrifice and blood  and freedom. . . .words that tell the historical story.

Words that are openings (like a door)  to rich and  beautiful meanings.   And then —  you’re invited — you can ENTER through the door,  and you look all around —

foyer

You are welcomed in to a beautiful beginning, and you can look all around,  get a feel for the place, and get a clue that there is splendor and glory that is waiting for you.

You will find that those original words of that historical story have a deeper significance that can be matched to the real things they signify:   Pascal  Time  (Passover and Passage out of Egypt);   and the World we live in (signified by “Egypt”);   and  Mankind (signified by “Israel”);  Pharaoh, who points to the reality of Satan;  and  the lambs which are fulfilled in The Lamb of God;  and sacrifice, the willing Self-Sacrifice of Jesus on the Cross;  and  the blood from the lambs, the Blood of Christ whose death really does save us . . . .

So much to think about!!!   We can’t just stay in the foyer!!!   Deeper understandings await!

interior

The interior of this beautiful home made for you is huge!   There are rooms and rooms and corridors to explore off the main hallway.

Choose a word from the story of the Israelite in Egypt, or their eventual and inevitable slavery and their cries of discontent and hopelessness; or the story of God sending Moses and preparing him in his childhood and manhood and his finally saying yes, he is willing; the Pharaoh with the ever-hardening heart;   the mastery of the God over His creation manifested by the Plagues;  release;  the night of the Passover  —

And this points to all the elements of the Gospel story:  the Son of God was sent to “seek and to save them that were lost”  and to die for them,  to Redeem the people of earth — and the motivation was the Love of God for us – and that never goes away . . . .

On and on –  you will never exhaust the details or tire of the story.  Again, the words used in telling the story are Types of the Gospel Story of Christ’s First Coming.   You won’t run out of rooms to visit!

room

Many place during this Easter Week to sit and rest and contemplate –satisfying,  welcoming,  comforting,  the whole Gospel story belonging to you . . .

Just  give yourself some time,   just choose a door, a word to begin with:

door door

Easter Week is only one Octave of days!