We are now in the season of Eastertide!
Jesus’ resurrection is so amazing, so pivotal in the life of the Church that an entire season is devoted to it rather than just a single day. Eastertide begins with the Great Vigil of Easter and concludes 50 days later with Christ's Ascension and the birth of the Church on Pentecost Sunday. We celebrate the 50 days of Easter as one enormous feast or one enormous Sunday. There is absolutely no fasting allowed during this season of rejoicing! For 50 full days we feast together, sing together and rejoice together in the resurrection of Our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
Alleluia! Christ is Risen!
The Lord is risen indeed! Alleluia!
The week right after Easter Sunday, we walk through the scriptures that deal with what happened right after the Resurrection.
On Easter Monday, we remember the Emmaus walk story. In the Gospel of Luke, Jesus has died and two grief stricken followers have left Jerusalem and are walking back to their hometown. A man begins walking with them and asks why they are so sad. The followers explain to the mystery man that a man that they had followed and believed to be the Messiah was killed. The mystery man begins to walk the followers through the scriptures, showing them how Jesus’ death had been foretold and what it had accomplished. The followers pause their journey for a meal, they invite the mystery man to join them, the mystery man takes bread offered to him, offers it up to God, breaks it, blesses it and suddenly, the followers see clearly who the mystery man really is...it is Jesus! But just as they realize who the mystery man really is, Jesus disappears. The followers run all of the way back to Jerusalem, telling everyone that they have seen the Risen Savior!
Easter Monday is celebrated by resting and rejoicing. Schools all over the world are out on this day and in many countries, families go on an "Emmaus walk".
Take an Emmaus walk today.What must it have been like to have Jesus appear and start walking with you? Why do you think the followers didn’t recognize Jesus? What stories in the bible do you think Jesus pointed out?
A blessed Eastertide and a blessed Easter Monday to you!