Are you ready for Easter? I hope not.
Let me explain. If, by “ready for Easter” we mean:
- I’m just so tired of Lent and I can’t wait to go back to all the stuff I “gave up” for Lent;
- Lent is so depressing and I just can’t wait to hear some “alleluias” for a change (even though I don’t usually say “alleluia” at any other time of the year);
- I can’t wait to hear some different hymns after being subjected to weeks of badly performed “O Sacred Head Surrounded”;
- I’m just so tired of Lent’s mandatory bad feelings about myself as a sinner (I’m basically a nice person anyway), and I’m looking forward to getting permission from Easter to feel good about myself again.
If that’s what we mean by “ready for Easter,” then, dear God, I hope that none of us are ready for Easter!
Within our fallen human nature is the desire to get something for nothing (or at least on the cheap). In this case we want the joy of Easter without a Lent that shares in Christ’s passion and death. We are warned against this temptation by St. Cyril of Jerusalem. Instructing catechumens, he writes: “The dragon sits by the side of the road, watching those who pass. Beware lest he devour you. We go to the Father of Souls, but it is necessary to pass by the dragon.”
Read more at Aleteia.