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Does Easter really have to end?

April 18, 2009
By The Rev. Harold Langevin Jr., Senior Pastor of the Ellamore Charge of the United Methodist Church

Last week many Christians relived the events that led to the death and Resurrection of their Lord, Jesus Christ. The churches I serve on the Ellamore Charge had opportunities to view Mel Gibson's "The Passion" on Wednesday evening, participate in the Last Supper at the Maundy Thursday service, carry lit candles to the foot of the cross at the Good Friday service and to experience the Resurrection at the Easter sunrise service. Close to 30 children came to the Easter egg hung on Saturday where they heard the passion story utilizing 12 different colored plastic eggs containing different items that helped us remember what happened that final week. However, there was one egg out of the 12, the final egg that was empty representing the empty tomb. The many emotions of self-denial, betrayal, sorrow, bitterness, loss, pain, suffering, torment, as well as hope, love and joy could have been felt at any one of these opportunities during Holy Week and Easter Sunday.

But now, I find myself asking the question, "Is Easter really over?" After much contemplation and reflection of all that occurred during Holy Week, the answer to the question is "no" because Easter is never over for Christians. I say this because of what Jesus did and said in the upper room. Jesus told his disciples that he was going to a place where they could not come. For that reason, Jesus says, as recorded in the Gospel of St. John 13: 34-35, "a new commandment I give unto you, that ye love one another, as I have loved you, that ye also love one another. By this all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have loved one another."

How simple can that be? Yet, when we look at our world, our community, even our own lives today, we can see how miserably we have failed in living up to that commandment. Easter is when we celebrate the Resurrection of Jesus Christ and that is the expression of the love God has for each of us.

Let us make every day Easter and resurrect the commandment of loving one another by doing random acts of kindness. The best way to know more about loving and caring form others is to surround yourself with those of like faith. Tomorrow, my friends, I hope to see you in church worshipping with the people of God.

(The opinions of this article are those of the author and not necessarily those of The Inter-Mountain, the Randolph County Ministerial Association or the author's church affiliation.)



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