Have you already forgotten about Easter? Most of us do pretty quickly. NT Wright, in his book “Surprised By Hope” argues that it is because we Christians are horrible party people, and really are quite cloudy on the totality and significance of Resurrection Sunday. Here is NT Wright’s own words on the matter.
All right, the Sundays after Easter still lie within the Easter season. We still have Easter readings and hymns during them. But Easter week itself ought not to be the time when all the clergy sigh with relief and go on holiday. It ought to be an eight-day festival, with champagne served after morning prayer or even before, with lots of alleluias and extra hymns and spectacular anthems. Is it any wonder people find it hard to believe in the resurrection of Jesus if we don’t throw our hats in the air? Is it any wonder we find it hard to live the resurrection if we don’t do it exuberantly in our liturgies? Is it any wonder the world doesn’t take notice if Easter is celebrated as simply the one-day hapy ending tacked on to forty days of fasting and gloom? It’s long overdue that we took a hard look at how we keep Easter in church, at home, in our personal lives, right through the system. And if it means rethinking some cherished habits, well, maybe it’s time to wake up. That always comes as a surprise.
Well said Mr. Wright. I wonder how often most of us think about the resurrection. To be honest, I personally do not think about it that often. Even the day of Easter itself has been hijacked by some silly idea of a stupid bunny and hiding some eggs. This made me think of a Jim Gaffigan rant that is quite funny. It centers around how some of the things we do for Christmas and Easter have just become… well what a drunk person might do. I wonder if I will let me kids partake in the Easter idea of eggs and a silly bunny.