Happy Easter

By Fuana Tmarsel —-

Easter is one my favorite Holy Day of the church. The Catholic Church also call Easter – Pasqua, especially the older generation. As a young girl, I learned that Easter was a time to remember the resurrection of Jesus Christ on the third day after his crucifixion at Calvary as told in the New Testament.  In hindsight, I believe the Catholic Church actually begin the celebration of Easter on Ash Wednesday when members receive ashen mark on the forehead symbolizing repentance. Ash Wednesday, marks the first day of Lent, and reminds us of the fact that we came from dust and to dust we will return – that is the reality and also the truth according to Genesis 2 which says, “now the Lord God formed man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life and the man became a living being. This is awesome – no wonder why He love us so— He made us.

Lent runs from Ash Wednesday till Holy Thursday (the Thursday before Easter Sunday). For Catholic adults it is a time of abstention or even self-denial.  Often I hear adults abstaining from chewing beetle- nut, alcoholic drinks or something which they enjoy.  And then the Church enters a holy week with a mass commemorating Jesus’ Last Supper with his disciples on Holy Thursday. Holy Thursday mass Reading of the Word of God from the New Testament often includes 2 or more readers; one to read Jesus’ part and the rest as the apostles etc. Often there is Foot washing, where the priest gets down on his knees to wash and wipe the feet of 12 men (or women) pre-selected to have their feet washed.

On Good Friday, the church doors are open for 24 hours as the members solemnly take their time praying and commemorating the crucifixion and death of Jesus. Some people fast on these days to pray. While people are solemn, there is also a sense of excitement because we know that Jesus is alive and on Sunday we celebrate his resurrection. He conquered death. Yea, death couldn’t keep Him down. He Lives and that is the crux of Easter for Christian churches. For Christians, Easter is about Jesus. It is about Jesus crucifixion. It is about Jesus’ death. It is about Jesus’ resurrection.

I grew up without Easter eggs, baskets or bunnies. And today I still believe that Christian Easter is not about eggs, baskets and bunnies. Christian Easter is about Jesus’ crucifixion, death and resurrection. Many articles have been written about the origin of Easter. Some articles claim that the concept of Easter is paganism and I can see why – because their Easter is about eggs and bunnies and basketful of Easter goodies. Introduction of eggs and bunnies is a diversion from the truth and takes us away from the hero of Easter – Jesus. The Catholic Church’ dedication to the person of Jesus and what he did for us to give us Easter is admirable. Happy Easter Everyone!!!

 

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