There is a time for everything. If you have ever thought about the church’s liturgical calendar, you can see just how true that statement is. Just recently, we celebrated the wonderful mystery of Easter. Christ is Risen! Hallelujah! Easter is a time of thanksgiving and blessing. It is a time to celebrate the Risen Lord with family and friends. But Easter comes after a very different season in our lives…the forty days of Lent. Lent is a time of fasting, prayer and reflection. It is often a time of turning inward, a time of personal sacrifice in remembrance of the ultimate sacrifice – Christ’s death on the cross for us.
As we reflect and remember Christ’s sacrifice, we prepare ourselves for the culmination of His story during Holy Week. Friday brings Jesus’ death. But even as Friday comes with mourning, we have hope and expectancy, because there is a season for everything. We hope and are expectant because we know that Sunday is coming and Jesus will rise from the dead! And Sunday did come, bringing with it a new season – Eastertide. Eastertide is the 50 days after Easter lasting from Easter Sunday to Pentecost Sunday. It is a season of joy and of celebration!
What would happen if, in this season of celebration, we continued to remember the sacrifice of Jesus for all of us? During Lent, we spent time looking inward in reflection of our own lives. What if now we spent the 50 days of Eastertide turning outward to our neighbors, to our churches and to our communities? In these Eastertide days, how can we recommit ourselves fully to the Ancient Order of Hibernians’ pledge to Catholic Action? How can we reinvigorate our AOH programs? What are some new initiatives that we may want to begin thinking about? This is a new season! A time to celebrate! A time to look outward! Let’s make this our time, our season, to be bold and proactive in our AOH commitment to Friendship, Unity and Christian Charity!