Trumpets heralded the risen Christ this past Easter Sunday, but they also herald a new season of Eastertide lasting 50 days until the day of Pentecost. While Lent was a time of tackling new holy habits or banning bad habits, Eastertide is about celebration and joy of being a Christian.
Today, this extended season gives us time to rejoice and experience what it means when we say Christ is risen. It’s the season when we remember our baptisms and how through this sacrament we are, according to the liturgy, “incorporated into Christ’s mighty acts of salvation.” As “Easter people,” we also celebrate and ponder the birth of the Church and gifts of the Spirit (Pentecost), and how we are to live as faithful disciples of Christ.
Please keep in prayer our brothers and sisters in Christ who experienced the trauma of bombings in Sri Lanka during Easter worship and for all those oppressed for their faith. We are truly blessed to live in a nation that tolerates all forms of religious expression.