I'll admit, the Easter excitement has definitely started to wear off. There's a gallon-sized baggie of malt eggs staring at me and a house that needs cleaning after a week of neglect. But Easter is not a one-day celebration. Easter is a church season; fifty days of celebrating the greatest triumph and mystery of our faith: the Resurrection. And because of it that, it deserves to be celebrated for much longer than just one day.
How can we celebrate Easter for fifty days? Or at least the next seven Sundays?
By really focusing on and participating in the Mass, which is, at its core, in honor of Christ. Every Mass is a mini-Easter. That's why Sundays are not part of the Lenten season. But the next seven Sundays are particularly special and we can honor that by celebrating each Mass with a devout and earnest heart.
A heartfelt Mass. A joyful Mass. A worshipful Mass.
Many of us already succeed in attending Mass each Sunday physically, but challenge to you (and myself) for the Easter season is to make each Mass truly worshipful and heartfelt. Really invest yourself into the Mass. Strive to walk out the sanctuary each Sunday feeling refreshed and ready to share God's love with those around you during the coming week.
Happy Easter, dear friends in Christ.