It's still Easter! Yes, the Easter bunny hopped off into his rabbit hole several weeks ago. Yes, the Easter eggs have all been eaten (or have rotted!). Yes, the Easter candy has long since been devoured. But it's still Easter!
The Church, in her wisdom, gives us six whole Sundays (not to mention all the weekdays in between) to celebrate Christ's Resurrection. Depending on where we live, some of us even get a seventh Sunday while the rest of us celebrate the Ascension of the Lord.
Six Sundays to remember that Jesus conquered death... Six Sundays to reflect that the grave could not hold Jesus... Six Sundays to rejoice that Jesus is risen and alive...
Jesus' Resurrection stands at the very heart of our Catholic faith. As the Catechism reminds us, “The Resurrection above all constitutes the confirmation of all Christ's works and teachings” (#651), and “Christ's Resurrection is the fulfillment of the promises both of the Old Testament and of Jesus Himself during His earthly life” (#652).
By His Resurrection, Jesus proves His divinity. At the same time, the risen Jesus opens a path to new life for us, giving us the opportunity to be immersed in His grace and to become adopted children of the Father who may one day share in Jesus' resurrection and receive resurrected bodies of our own (CCC #653-655).
No wonder we have just celebrated Easter for six Sundays! And we still have two more weeks of the Easter season, so may our Alleluias be extra joyful and may the Resurrection never fail to fill us with awe and wonder as we gaze upon our risen Lord.