From the much larger and inspirational Ghent Altarpiece
Alleluia! Christ our Passover is sacrificed for us. O come let us adore Him! Alleluia!
My dear Brethren,
The character of our weekly abstinence and fasting is generally the same throughout the year but like at ice cream shop, brewery, or local eatery we find seasonal offerings; our fastings and prayers assume something of the character of liturgical seasons we journey through.
The ‘flavour’ of Eastertide and Ascensiontide is the constant remembrance that Christ is risen. The triumphant victory of the cross and resurrection sounds early Easter morning and resounds throughout these seasons. The God who became King has reversed our fortunes. The Old Creation lay in darkness and in the shadow of death and we, enslaved to sin, endured the hard reality of the Law’s condemnation and the brutal and merciless tyranny of life in kingdom of darkness. The Christ, the faithful High Priest and Paschal Lamb, was sacrificed for us and His Resurrection announces the arrival of the New Creation, the Regeneration, the restoration of all things has begun.
Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things have become new.
New creatures mean new societies and a new way of living in the world.
Eastertide provides us with renewed faith and confidence that it is God’s desire to fill the world with the triumphs of His grace and this strengthens all of our Friday intentions.