Easter is a season, not just a day. The season of Easter lasts from Easter Sunday until Pentecost Sunday. The color of the season is white or festival which can be gold. This is a time of rejoicing and happiness as Jesus has risen from the dead.
Maybe that happiness is a little difficult to reach this year, and that is quite understandable. I will not go through a litany of horrible realities yet multiple shootings and this confounded virus are on the top of my list.
Celebration may be hard to grasp and yet it is exactly in times like these that we need Jesus most of all. When we mourn the deaths of those who died by violence we can say to ourselves Christ IS risen. When we hear of the suffering of those who have contracted Covid, and the sadness of misinformation keeping people from receiving the preventive vaccination we can shout to the world “Christ IS Risen.”
The emphasis should always be on the word IS. Christ IS Risen. Christ IS Alive. Christ IS with us in the midst of the craziness, we are not alone. Christ is not far away, Christ IS with us always and that reality is worth celebrating every day we are given, even beyond the great fifty days.