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Embracing the Joy of Easter: A Time for Celebration and Redemption

Embracing the Joy of Easter

By quizat karimPublished 2 months ago 3 min read

As Lent draws to a close, there is a palpable sense of relief and anticipation in the air. For many, myself included, it's not just about the Easter Alleluias and indulging in Cadbury dark chocolate eggs. It's about the culmination of a journey marked by introspection, sacrifice, and a longing for redemption.

This Lent has been particularly challenging, not solely because of the Lenten disciplines we undertake, but also due to the relentless onslaught of troubling news that serves as a constant reminder of the brokenness of our world. It's a world in desperate need of salvation, and in moments of despair, we find solace in the hope of a savior — a hope that sustains us through the darkest of times.

Reflecting on my own Lenten journey, I must confess that it hasn't been easy. Despite my best intentions, I found myself struggling to keep my Lenten resolves. While none of them were overly difficult, each demanded a level of commitment and diligence that seemed beyond reach at times. There were moments when I faltered, moments when I stumbled and fell short of my aspirations.

But amidst the challenges and shortcomings of Lent, there shines a beacon of hope — the promise of Easter. One of my favorite reflections on Easter comes from St. John Chrysostom, a revered saint whose words echo with timeless wisdom and compassion for our imperfect humanity.

In his Easter homily, St. Chrysostom reminds us that Easter is a time for all to rejoice, regardless of our Lenten successes or failures. Whether we diligently observed the fast or struggled to keep our resolutions, we are all invited to partake in the abundant feast of forgiveness and redemption.

"Forgiveness has risen from the grave," St. Chrysostom proclaims, extending a heartfelt invitation to everyone — the diligent and the faltering, the sober and the slothful, the rich and the poor. It is a celebration that transcends barriers and welcomes all with open arms.

St. Chrysostom's message is one of inclusivity and grace, reminding us that Easter offers the same reward to all who embrace its message of redemption. Just as the workers in the vineyard received equal payment regardless of when they arrived, so too does Easter offer the same gift of salvation to all who seek it.

Indeed, Easter is a time to celebrate the ultimate sacrifice made on our behalf, a sacrifice that has already been made for us. It is a time to rejoice in the victory of resurrection and the defeat of death itself.

As we embark on this glorious Easter season, let us not allow its significance to fade away in the hustle and bustle of daily life. Let us take a cue from St. Chrysostom's era and dedicate 40 days to rejoicing, savoring the sweetness of Easter's blessings.

So, let's break out the Cadbury eggs and indulge in special treats. Let's gather with loved ones to share in the joy of this, the greatest feast in the church calendar. And as we do so, let's not forget to express gratitude for the hope and redemption that Easter brings.

While there may be many Lents to come, let us remember that there is only one Easter event. Let's seize this opportunity to remind the world that amidst its trials and tribulations, there is indeed a happy ending to be found.

In conclusion, dear reader, let us embrace the joy of Easter, celebrating its message of hope, forgiveness, and redemption. For in the risen Christ, we find the ultimate source of joy and salvation. Let us rejoice in His resurrection and the promise of new life that it brings.

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