Hope this Easter
“Our Lord has written the promise of the resurrection not in books alone but in every leaf in springtime.”
“We are the Easter people and hallelujah is our song.”
Pope John Paul II
It is no coincidence that for eighteen centuries, Easter has been celebrated as spring begins (at least in the northern hemisphere). Spring, which abounds with new life and all the possibility that goes with it, would seem a perfect time to celebrate the glory of the risen Christ. Darkness to light. Barrenness to new life. Deep sleep to a feeling of wonderful aliveness.
With renewal comes hope, a message central to the Triduum and the Easter season. Hope in something greater than the day-to-day experience of our lives, beyond ourselves. It is a wonderfully powerful gift and disposition. Hope is, after all, an action verb, calling and guiding us as individuals and as families.
It also defines communities and the ways we support and nourish each other, perhaps more important this year than ever before. Its gift ultimately is rooted in extraordinary love.
The Rule of Benedict provides particular inspiration for Easter:
“It is high time for us to arise from sleep. Let us open our eyes to the light that comes from God, and our ears to the voice from heaven.”
In this season of renewal and new life, grace and astonishing love, I wish our entire Prep community the blessings and hope of Easter!
Head of School