Today’s Easter Sunday, or Resurrection Sunday. Today’s the day we commemorate the resurrection of Jesus from the grave. Today’s the day of Sunrise Services, Easter Finery worn to church, Easter parades, Sunday School pageants, “Early Sunday Morning!” sermons (with the “Early” stretched for effect), Easter dinners, and plenty of Easter candy. And last night was the requisite broadcasting of The Ten Commandments…“Oh, Moses, Moses, Moses….”
Despite the fact of Easter’s Pagan origins, it’s still a high point on the Christian Liturgical calendar (along with Christmas). We went from Ash Wednesday, Lent, Palm Sunday, Holy Week, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, Holy Saturday…all up to this big day.
However, I have a question for today: Do we still need Easter? The celebrations grow tiring and predictable. I think if I hear one more pastor yell, “EAARRILLY SUNDAY MORNING!!!” from the pulpit I may choke them. Early days at church and Sunrise services should be considered grounds for heresy. Social media pictures and gooey Easter pics need to be yanked off. Plus, these Bible movies get to be a bit too much after awhile. Maybe Easter has outlived its usefulness…
Or maybe Easter serves another purpose. Easter may not be to “prove” Jesus’s resurrection, and the subsequent “supremacy” of Christianity. Maybe Easter keeps hope alive in us, that death is not the final word. That our souls won’t shut down and we just rot as Earth hurls through space for eons. Maybe like the ancient Pagans, we too need Easter to celebrate the hope of life after death. In a world where violence is at every corner and hopelessness is the order of the day, Easter is the answer.
Do we still need Easter? Good question. Peace.