So Easter has come and gone for another year. Most of us have Easter traditions that we observe year by year. An example of this may be a ham or turkey dinner with all the fixings — you can add whatever those are in your home. Some have Easter Egg hunts for their children, filling them up with lots of chocolate.
One tradition in my home when I was growing up was a Laura Secord Easter Egg, the ones with that yummy cream filling. I remember that my mother would only let us have a little bit of the egg at a time. She would usually cut it up in slices and then kept the rest in the refrigerator until the next time. And next time could never come soon enough!
For many people church is an important part of their Easter tradition.
There are many reasons that people go to church at Easter. Some go because it is something that they have always done. Church may not have much of a role in their lives the rest of the year, but Easter, and Christmas, are among the only times when you will find them in a pew.
Some went because they were dragged there by their parents or maybe by their spouse.
But what is the point of dragging someone to church who doesn’t want to be there?
Wouldn’t it be better if they wanted to come to church? Creating that desire to go starts with us, for it is how we live our lives that Christianity will be made attractive to others.
There are Christians that I find annoying to be around. They are the ones who are always telling others how much Jesus loves them yet show little example of that love in their daily living.
It is far better for our example to be evident and let our words come later. As St. Francis of Assisi once wrote we are to “preach the Gospel at all times and if it is necessary, use words.” People should know we are Christians by our love for each other and for our neighbours.
What then is Easter living? Quite simply it is living through your lives the truth of the Resurrection. In thought, word and deed we are to live in the hope that Jesus is alive. It means being respectful of others, even when you disagree with them.
It is when we live as Easter people all year round that others will be curious and ask what is different about how we live. Then we can share with them the love and grace of our Lord.