Many people think that Christmas is the most important day in the liturgical year, but from the earliest days of the Church, Easter has been considered the central Christian feast. As Saint Paul wrote in, “If Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is in vain and your faith is in vain” (1 Corinthians15:14). Without Easter—without the Resurrection of Christ—Jesus’ birth would be no big deal. There would be no Christian Faith. Christ’s Resurrection is the proof of His Divinity. His Resurrection is the beginning of our life!
Easter is not only the greatest Christian feast; it is the fulfillment of our faith as Christians. Through His Death, Christ destroyed our bondage to sin; through His Resurrection, He brought us the promise of new life, both in Heaven and on earth. His prayer, “Thy Kingdom come, on earth as it is in Heaven,” begins to be fulfilled on Easter Sunday.
The season of Easter obviously begins begins on Easter Sunday and because the celebration of the Resurrection is so important, it lasts until the day of Pentecost, seven weeks later. So, keep at it. Keep basking in the glory of the Resurrection of Christ. Keep praising God’s majesty. Keep spreading the Good News of Salvation. Keep celebrating Easter!
Sister Lisa Maurer
Sister Lisa Maurer was born and raised in Sleep Eye, Minnesota. Before entering the Monastery in 2007, she taught and coached in Catholic Schools within the New Ulm Diocese. Sister Lisa Made her Perpetual Monastic Profession in July ll, 2012. Her first ministry as a Benedictine Sister was working at the parishes of St. Lawrence and St. Joseph in Duluth. Currently she is Director of Mission Integration for the Benedictine Health System.