Resurrection Sunday, more traditionally recognized as Easter Sunday, symbolizes “New Life.” Christians world-wide have attended church services commemorating the final days of Jesus Christ on earth. They have read bible passages recalling how He attended the Last Supper, was beaten and crucified, died, then arose from the dead, all of which culminated with His resurrection into heaven, body and soul. These events are celebrated through prayers, hymns and church services which begin on Holy Thursday and come to an Hallelujah on Resurrection Sunday.
This is perhaps the one day annually when some individuals attend church service, which is evidenced by churches boasting of having witnessed “standing room only” space during their ceremonies. Religiously, Christians recognize the sacrifice of Jesus, who died so that His followers would enjoy the new life promised in heaven when we die. Could this also signify our need to make sacrifices of time, energy and perhaps money to enable others to live in a safer, freer and healthier environment?
Following church service, often the celebration travels to the home of a family member or to a favourite restaurant for breaking bread together with ham or turkey dinner. Easter candy, ‘figollas’ and hot cross buns let children recognize this as a very special day. Dressed in their best clothes or new Easter finery, children delight in taking part in Easter egg hunts, which may be hard boiled, brightly decorated and coloured eggs or foiled covered chocolate eggs.
For those individuals whose families do not live within close proximity, it is hoped that friends and neighbours recognize this fact and extend an invitation to their home for an Easter meal. Singles can unite with other singles for a meal at one of their homes or arrange to meet at a restaurant. Another possibility would be for a church to host an Easter meal for singles, separated or divorcees, thus beginning a new singles ministry to breathe more “New Life” in the church community.
Is it no accident that Resurrection Sunday falls during the early season of Spring? The “new life” of Spring is evidenced by sprouting crocuses and daffodils, with the promise that soon tulips will lift our spirits, for these flowers signify warmer weather. Church altars, richly dressed with brightly coloured floral arrangements, serve as the backdrop for Easter presentations.
It is our duty as Christians to look around our neighbourhoods and larger community areas to see how we can make a difference to the lives of others. Do we need to unite as a community-watch to stop crimes? Should we begin a neighbourhood drivers group that can get elderly and sick to doctor appointments and pick up groceries and medicines for them? Can we organize a child play groups that will give single parents some free time either for their own needs or to get tasks done without little ones under foot? What about a Meals On Wheels kind of organizing, if our community does not have it, to provide healthy meals for confined neighbours. By meeting to discuss the needs of people in our respective areas, we will determine a list from which neighbours can unite and begin to bring “New Life” to our corner of the world.
As Resurrection Sunday comes to an end at Midnight, the spirit carries over throughout the year, as we move among friends, neighbours, family and strangers helping to make their load a bit lighter and their life somewhat brighter. A simple smile or greeting can make a huge difference to another person and be a first step toward making a difference.