THE LORD IS RISEN! HE IS RISEN INDEED, ALLELUIA!
These words are the ancient greeting Christians used as they encountered one another. Let us kindle within ourselves the same sense of joy over what we celebrate in these fifty days of the Easter Season.
Let us reflect for a moment on one of the symbols of Easter, the Easter egg. Eggs are good for us. They provide protein and healthy nourishment. Not surprising really as eggs are, quite literally, the stuff of life.
A campaign some years ago encouraged us to eat more eggs. “Go to work on an egg!”, it proclaimed. And, of course, there are many ways to eat an egg: scrambled, poached, fried, or boiled, hard or soft, sunny side up or over easy. And if you like to disguise an egg, how about eating it in cake or the numerous other delicious delicacies in which the simple egg is found?
One of the enduring symbols of Easter, whether we like it or not, has become the Easter egg. It is a sign of indulgence after Lent, a metaphor for the empty tomb, and, above all, the celebration of new life. When you think about it, eggs contain all the cells and DNA for new life to form, but they need to be fertilized and need to be nurtured if they are to hatch.
Jesus’ resurrection is God’s great gift of new life, offered to us at Easter. It is the promise of life with real meaning which goes beyond death. That life is already present, with all its potential, in each one of us —- and is celebrated at Baptism and when we die and rise with Christ in the womb of the font. Our Baptism, which is what we celebrate every Easter as we renewed our baptismal promises, could be seen as the ‘fertilization’ of the potential of life God gives us, a welcoming in of the life-giving breath of God which is the Holy Spirit. At Baptism, Confirmation, and annually at Easter, we pledge to nurture the new life God has given us throughout our lives. With loud “I do’s” we answer the questions: Do you reject Satan? And all his works? And all his empty show? I do! I do! I do!!!
As a community of Faith —- the Family of God —- we all have a responsibility to nurture the risen life of Easter in one another. That is our work: the incubation of the love of God, until we can know it in full in the Kingdom of Heaven. So my friends, with Paschal joy —- ‘Go to work on an egg!’