The excitement of spring is the excitement of warmer weather, blooming flowers, baseball, and Easter baskets. I love living in a place that has a true four seasons (we have two seasons where I grew up in Georgia: Summer and Football season). After a long and relatively mild winter, I am grateful to return to a more outdoor oriented lifestyle – walking around town, playing in the yard with the boys, getting the best view in the world from Manor Park. There’s only one little problem with spring: mud.
Between the rain, the snow melt, and the water table, March and April are pretty soggy months. I don’t like for that to keep me from running or from taking every opportunity to get the boys out of the house to play catch or ride bikes. This past Sunday after church, several of our parish kids were gathering around the playground gardens, digging in the dirt, looking for worms, being kids. It was great until it was time to go inside for lunch. We had to make ours take off their shoes outside and clomp the wet sod and dirt off before letting them track any of it in. Of course, I’m usually the one guilty of tracking mud in the house!
In this transitional season in the church, we go from Lent to Easter. The word “Lent” comes from an old English word which means “Spring”. It’s a time when we get to look within and see the places that may need to be cleaned up a bit in order to make our relationships with God and each other a little healthier. And that’s appropriate because we get to Easter, the celebration of the Resurrection of Our Lord Jesus Christ from death’s dominion, the Feast of Feasts which draws us into the holiness of God’s redeeming love. The events leading up to and through the Crucifixion were pretty bleak: anger, betrayal, violence, chaos, and grief all left their mark on Jesus and his disciples as He was laid in the tomb. And yet, on that Easter morning, Jesus rose victoriously from the grave, all of the pain and darkness of his death transformed into a living hope for each of us.
That’s what this season is for – to remind us that no matter how muddy things can be in our lives, it’s only a symbol of the possibilities of hope and love inherent in the Easter moment. We come together in prayer and worship to join in this story; that God creates in us clean hearts, cleanses us from our sins and failures, restores us to newness, and promises us eternal life. I look forward to seeing you all throughout Holy Week, at Easter, and beyond.
Peace and blessings,
Fr. Joe Greene+
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