Happy Easter

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One of my favorite things to say during the season of Easter is: “We are an Easter People and Alleluia is our song!” (John Paul II)

My other favorite thing during Easter is hearing my little godson say “All Le LUUU YAY” all season long!! It’s pretty cute!

I just looked up that quote and it’s actually from an Angelus in November of 1986. John Paul II was talking about Easter in November? On the 1st Sunday of Advent?

If he could talk about Easter on the 1st Sunday of Advent, then why do we forget that the season of Easter is 50 days long?

Don’t forget that Easter isn’t over! How will your parish celebrate the joy of Easter? Will you encourage parishioners to share the reason for their joy? Will you continue to sing special Alleluia responses to set this time apart? Will you replenish the flowers every week so every Sunday is just as full as Easter Sunday was?

John Paul II talks about Joy

Faith is our source of joy We believe in a God who created us so that we might enjoy human happiness – in some measure on earth, in its fullness in heaven. We are meant to have our human joys: the joy of living, the joy of love and friendship, the joy of work well done. We who are Christians have a further cause for joy: like Jesus, we know that we are loved by God our Father. This love transforms our lives and fills us with joy. It makes us see that Jesus did not come to lay burdens upon us. He came to teach us what it means to be fully happy and fully human. Therefore, we discover joy when we discover truth – the truth about God our Father, the truth about Jesus our Saviour, the truth about the Holy Spirit who lives in our hearts.

We do not pretend that life is all beauty. We are aware of darkness and sin, of poverty and pain. But we know Jesus has conquered sin and passed through his own pain to the glory of the Resurrection. And we live in the light of his Paschal Mystery – the mystery of his Death and Resurrection. “We are an Easter People and Alleluia is our song!”. We are not looking for a shallow joy but rather a joy that comes from faith, that grows through unselfish love, that respects the “fundamental duty of love of neighbour, without which it would be unbecoming to speak of Joy”. We realize that joy is demanding; it demands unselfishness; it demands a readiness to say with Mary: “Be it done unto me according to thy word”.

John Paul II November 30 1986 Angelus

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