by Donna Orsuto
The last session of our Thursday-morning winter series, “Joy in the Christian Life,” ended just in time for Easter, when we celebrate the real reason for our joy: Jesus, who died and who is risen from the dead.
We are fortunate at The Lay Centre to live in the midst of a beautiful garden, where signs of spring are bursting forth all around us. This is yet another reminder of the new life, hope, and joy that is offered to us each day.
At Easter, our Eastern Christian friends greet one another with the words, “Khristós Anésti! Alithós Anésti! Christ is risen! Indeed, He is risen!” This is the greeting I extend to you.
The darkness is real. We cannot deny it. Senseless wars, unspeakable violence, distressing news of natural disasters.
Yes, “this is the night”. And yet, each year, on the Holiest of Nights, we Christians gather, in every part of the world, to gaze together at the Easter flame, and to proclaim that Christ’s light enfolds the darkness, embracing with his merciful love those troubled places in the world.
“Be glad, let earth be glad, as glory floods her,
Ablaze with light from her eternal King.
Let all corners of the earth be glad,
Knowing an end to darkness and gloom.
(from the Easter Exultet, sung at the Easter Vigil in the Roman Catholic Church)
To friends in every part of the world, may the “peace that surpasses all understanding” fill you during this Easter Season and always.