APRIL 15, 2021
I was outside with my dog Mabel the other morning, and as she sniffed and browsed in the thick green grass of the rectory lawn, I happened to remember a silly rhyme my mother used to say:
Spring has sprung
The grass is riz
I wonder where
The flowers is?
Spring has indeed sprung. After a bleak winter, trees are leafing out, redbuds and crabapple trees are blossoming, buds are appearing, and green grass is growing. All of these are signs of New Life. Birds are singing and building their nests. Tulips and daffodils have already bloomed, and soon other flowers will take their places, like the fragrant lilacs. The rebirth of the natural world in the Spring of the year is a beautiful reminder of our spiritual rebirth that we celebrate in this season of Eastertide in the Church’s liturgical year. The Easter Season, which began with the Easter Vigil on April 3, lasts for 50 days ends on the evening of Pentecost Sunday, which falls on May 23rd this year.
The Paschal Candle, which was lighted at the Easter Vigil, stands burning in the sanctuary of the church near the ambo, tall and proud, as a symbol of Christ risen from the dead. He rose victorious from the darkness of the tomb and the light of His risen glory shines on all of those He has redeemed.
Throughout the Easter season, we celebrate our own rebirth in the waters of Baptism, when we died and rose with Christ when we cast off the old life of sin and clothed ourselves as Christ and began to live a new life in Him in sincerity and truth. This Easter Season is the springtime of our souls! Just like the green grass rises from the earth, Christ has risen from the dead, and He gives New Life to our souls. Now we look for father, hope, and love to blossom in abundance!
Msgr. Stephan Moloney