Happy Easter! My gift for you today are these quotations for Easter. All of them, I believe, give some insight into the great Feast we are celebrating.
+ The most important question concerning Jesus, then, is simply this: Do we think he is dead or alive?…If Jesus is dead we can learn about him, but we cannot reasonably expect to learn more from him. If he is alive, everything changes. (Luke Timothy Johnson)
+ Easter is not time for argument. Lilies don’t argue, they bloom. Springtime doesn’t argue, it comes. Music doesn’t argue, it sings. Beauty doesn’t argue, it beckons and points. Love doesn’t argue, it outlives our griefs. (Frederick Speakman)
+ Easter: It is almost too brilliant for me to contemplate; it is like looking directly into the sun.” (Madeleine L’Engle)
+ Easter is not a passport to another world; it is a quality of perception for this one. (W.P. Lemon)
+ Jesus’ resurrection says despite suffering, despite injustice, despite misery, and despite death, everything would still be all right in the end. Because his Father was love. (Andrew Greeley)
+ Our Lord has written the promise of the resurrection not in books alone, but in every leaf of springtime. (Martin Luther)
+ The simplest meaning of Easter is that we are living in a world in which God has the last word. (Anonymous)
+ Jesus has truly risen and we with Him. Easter is behind us in one way, but around us and before us as well. Joy is not always an emotion we experience constantly, but it is our orientation as Christians. (Larry Gillick, SJ)
+ God did not will for Jesus to die. God simply surrendered Jesus to us and our institutions…No, what God willed for Jesus was Resurrection and that, we too often forget, is precisely what God wills for us. (Joan Chittister, OSB)
+ There would be no Christmas if there was no Easter. (Gordon Hinkley)
+ I wish each of us Easter eyes, able to perceive in death, life; in guilt, forgiveness; in separation, unity; in wounds, glory; in the human, God; in God, the human; and in the I, the You. (Bishop Klaus Hemmerle)
+ A Sister was telling her first graders the story of the passion and death of Jesus. Evidently she became somewhat emotional. One little boy left his seat, walked up to her, took her hand and said, “It’s all right, Sister. The story has a happy ending.” (anonymous)
The music I chose for today’s Feast is George Frideric Handel’s “Hallelujah Chorus” from his Messiah which debuted in 1742. I’m offering two versions both sung by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. The first shows the choir. The second displays the lyrics to the song. Take your pick. I confess, when I hear this piece, I often get tears in my eyes because it is so incredibly beautiful and it exudes so much faith, hope, love, and joy!
“Halleluja Chorus” with lyrics:
Do you have any thoughts on Easter you’d like to share?