The ultimate among Solemnities, the greatest among Feasts — Easter is the day we celebrate the crowning, central truth of our faith in Jesus Christ. Easter is the most important day of the Christian calendar, more important than even Christmas. Through the solemn observances of Lent, we join our sorrowful Blessed Mother in accompanying Jesus on the road to Calvary. This greatest of gifts, given to us lovingly and freely by our Redeemer, has purchased for us eternal life. We can hope for no greater glory than to gain the Beatific Vision and live eternally with God, the Blessed Virgin Mary, the angels and saints in Heaven. Easter not only is the foundation of our faith, Easter also invigorates our hope. Hope draws our eyes upward, where God resides. Mind the things that are above, not the things that are upon the earth. For you are dead and your life is hid with Christ in God. While Christmas and Easter both have Octaves, the Church celebrates the Easter season for a longer period than it does Christmas.
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Readings: Acts 1: ; Psalm 27; 1 Peter ; John a. Waiting is difficult. We who live in an instantaneous society find any kind of waiting annoying and often look to shorten the time. What was it like to wait in the upper room? Imagine how this is a special place filled with memories of Jesus, of the Last Supper, of the foot-washing. This is the room where they listened to Jesus speak farewell words that were assuring, and made them wonder about the future without him.
The venom had worked its way deep into the heart of the entire human race, doing its gruesome work. The anti-venom was unavailable until He appeared. One drop was all that was needed, so potent was this antidote. Yet it was not like Him to be stingy. He poured out all he had, down to the last drop. It was equally extravagant. For Jesus was not simply brought back to life like Lazarus.