How to Have a Good Easter
On Easter Sunday we started the season of Easter. For 50 days we celebrate the Resurrection of Jesus. What happened in the humanity of Jesus needs to be passed on to his Mystical Body, the Church. What happened to Him, will happen to us. We have 50 days to celebrate and become ALIVE IN HIM. Sometimes we focus a lot on Lent, but we need to know that the goal of Lent is Easter. We are made for Easter.
10 things to do during Easter?
1. Do an Easter Resolution – Do something that will help you experience and manifest in a visible way that Jesus is alive. How can my life manifest more clearly the resurrection? You can smile more. Grow in Joy. Imitate the charity of the risen one… you choose!
2. Remove the crucifixes (only for Easter!) and replace with a picture of the Risen Jesus. We tend to focus in the cross but we are not used to “contemplating” the resurrection. Choose an inspiring picture of the Risen Jesus and pray to it.
3. At the end of the day, seek the presence of the risen Christ. For 40 days he appeared to his disciples, and even to 500 people. He talked to them. They ate with him. During Easter, you “will see him in Galilee.” He promised to “show up in your life.” At the end of the day ask yourself: where did the risen Christ manifest himself to me?
4. Seek to grow in the fruits of the resurrection: Peace, Joy and Love. Seek especially to REJOICE in Him. “Rejoice the Lord is near,” says St Paul in Ephesians 4.
5. Grow in Eucharistic devotion – Easter is a Eucharistic Season. In this season pray for a renewed Eucharistic fervor. In Luke 24 we see that the disciples of Emmaus received a new FIRE and LOVE for Jesus when he broke the bread for them.
6. Instead of the VIA CRUCIS, you can pray the VIA LUCIS.
7. Read the Resurrection narratives: when you do a holy hour or have some time to pray, read all the resurrection passages in Luke, John, Matthew and Mark. Pay special attention to the words of the Risen Christ
8. Watch this video and share it someone else:
9. During Easter, we encourage you to pray the Prayer of Abandonment after communion. This prayer was composed by Blessed Charles de Foucad, a French priest, who lived with the Taureg in Algeria and was martyred there in 1916.
10. Greet other believers with Resurrected Greeting: The Lord is risen; He is risen indeed!