Easter night I was tucking my boys in, and we were having a discussion about Easter, comparing it to Christmas, and I was making the point that though Christmas has more decorations and gifts, Easter is still the most important Holiday of the year. One of them summed up the discussion with the question:
“Why isn’t New Year’s at Easter?”
That got me to thinking. Regardless of the liturgical calendar, there is an argument to be made for starting a New Year at Easter. It is, after all, the Resurrection. A rebirth. A renewal.
The Easter Letdown
How many of us see the Easter season as “Yay! No more fasting and Penance! Great! Now I can eat chocolate again!”? It becomes a bit gluttonous for me – I really love those Cadbury Creme Eggs, especially at half price. I tend to have a spiritual let down and revert to the same bad habits I had before Lent. Somehow, I don’t think that is the point of the season.
What if we made Easter Resolutions? I don’t mean that we should treat Easter like Lent and come up with a new set of penances. Lent was a time for reflecting on the Passion, a time for solemnity. Easter is the Resurrection. It’s about joy. Can’t I make some positive resolutions? Some joyful resolutions?
What if I resolved to smile every day at the first stranger I encounter?
What if I resolve to wrestle with my kids three times a week?
What if I resolve to finally watch “For Greater Glory”?
What if I resolve to join a positive online Catholic discussion group?
What if I resolve to take my wife out on more dates?
In short, what if I resolve to love Jesus more by getting to know Him better and by loving more the people around me? If I do that and really make it happen, then maybe the lessons I learned over Lent won’t vanish with the leftover Easter candy.
I want to be a resurrected me, not the same old same old.