What an Easter we had! It’s weird to say that, in the hunkered-down life we’re living. But the New Life of Jesus cannot be contained. It was very different, to say the least, to celebrate the Triduum (Thursday Friday Saturday) like that—four guys in an empty church. Before the first service, we talked about “keeping it real”—that it was just us four ministers holding the liturgy, and not pretending we had a crowd there; while being aware that hundreds more were watching and,
Easter is an event that has shattered the world as we know it. Its beginnings were very small, imperceptible. The Easter Resurrection grew over time to become an event that changes the way we live. It affects every corner of our lives. We ignore it at our own peril. Something so far-reaching will affect us even if we choose not to be attentive. We can live with awareness of Easter, fashioning our living in its light; or we can disregard it, which risks danger to our life and
“There is a great silence on earth today.” The Divine Office for Holy Saturday includes this phrase, as part of a meditation on the hours Jesus “slept” in the tomb. It often occurred to me, in years past, how hard it was to keep the spirit of silence and reflection that ought to mark the Triduum — most things that were open on any Friday or Saturday would still be open. All the usual diversions — sports, movies, concerts — would still be available.
And, as we’re now more pro