A friend said to me this week: "Why is it that we work so hard to celebrate Advent and Christmas and Lent, thenwhen we get to Easter we treat it like it's just any ole day?" It is a good question to be asked. By the sixth Sunday of Easter it feels like all the Alleluias have been sung out and the lilies have long shriveled up and died...but what about proof of the Resurrection in your life? How do we keep the Easter season alive? The fortieth day of Easter will be here this coming week (May 5th) on the all-too-imbibing-day of Cinco de Mayo. In case you forgot your Scripture, the fortieth day is when Jesus ascends to the Father. It used to be a holy day of obligation (my Mother's pet peeve that it's not), but unfortunately American culture and busy calendars have become the focus of our obligation over faith. For the sake of greater participation, the Church compassionately moved this important solemnity to the following Sunday (next weekend). Regardless, you could help keep the Easter season alive in your life this week by how you give a wink to the 40th day (instead of the Cinco). Why not come to Mass "just because" so the chalice of salvation could be lifted up to your lips instead of a salt covered margarita? (Or at least come to Mass on your way!)
How else can you keep Easter's joy in your life? Since this is the season of so many First Communions, why not find out when you first received His long awaited Holy Communion and celebrate your anniversary (by the way, all you fifth graders from our parish, your anniversary is this Wednesday.) Since May is here, why not celebrate Our Lady's month by offering a Rosary for someone who you are spiritually tied to or thankful to God for because of their witness of His Resurrection in your life (like Gabriel Gerald on his first birthday or God's beloved Nancy, or this week's staff birthdays for Mrs. Julianne Goshe, Mrs. Kara Lloyd)? Why not offer a Mass intention for someone you love who is awaiting the Resurrection of the dead (Ryan Joseph Roarty, William Raymond, Uncle Eddie Pinkowski, my Dad)?
There is also an opportunity to support others who want to grow in Jesus' Resurrected love. Until May 21, there is a chance to strengthen our resources for educating our youth in the Catholic faith by purchasing a raffle ticket for a 2016 Chevrolet Cruze after Mass (thanks again VanDevere Bunch Thrive and Drive Program). You can also consider directly sponsoring one of our day school students' tuition needs, or one of seminarians--give a call to the rectory to find out how. So what will be your way to stay spiritually alive in this Easter season?