Joy seems to be a natural byproduct of the Easter Octave. It is, after all, a fruit of the Holy Spirit.
For me, this draws a sharp contrast to the way I’ve let my “normal” life play out lately — oftentimes overly focused on whatever cross I’m carrying, looking down at my feet and slowly dragging myself along the road of life.
But Easter is a season of new life and triumph, one that bids me to look up and forward in expectation and amazement at the Eternity that has been prepared for me, and all of us.
Behold, I make all things new.
This promise brings a thrill of joy to the depths of my soul.
No matter my present cross, no matter the struggles that await me, there is One who knows me, who loves me, who died for me, and who conquered death in order to give me abundant life.
And so, these words of St. Theophane Venard strike a chord with me this week:
Be merry, really merry. The life of a true Christian should be a perpetual jubilee, a prelude to the festivals of Eternity.”
It can be difficult to feel joyful when we are in agony of soul or mind or body. But I believe that true Christian merriment, true joy, goes beyond just a feeling — it is rooted in a deep awareness of who we are in Christ, and what His Passion, Death, and Resurrection has truly done for us.
O death, where is your sting? O hell, where is your victory?
Remember, my sisters, that today is just only the fourth day in the Octave of Easter — there’s still so much celebrating and rejoicing to do! 🙂
Happy Easter! Christ is risen!