After a long, cold, and in many places, a very snowy winter, we are finally entering into the season of spring! I remember as a child growing up in Dearborn Heights, Mich., I always loved the snow and being able to play in it – to make snow angels, build snow forts and snow men. I must admit, I still like it when we get snow.
But after this past winter, I am ready for spring. There is a certain freshness in the air. The grass is getting green, flowering bulbs that lay dormant in the ground over the winter are coming to life, trees are budding, birds are happily chirping, etc. There is new life all around us. People seem to have better dispositions. How fitting it is that we celebrate the biggest feast of Christianity at this time of year. Just in case we forget and need to be reminded of what Easter is all about, Mother Earth gives us visual signs of the freshness of newborn life.
During the season of Lent we have “fasted” from our singing of the alleluia, the great Easter anthem. Have you ever really looked at this word? It is all vowels except for the three “l’s” that seem to jump out and grab your attention. I once heard a homily on the three “l’s” in which the homilist suggested that they stand for “life, love, and laughter.” May this season of spring and the 50 days of Easter be a time of “life, love and laughter” as we glory in the new life that Christ has won for us.
Alleluia, He is risen!!!
--Vincent Delorenzo, OFM