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We Christians are an Easter people and Easter is our story to tell.  We begin our story with the ending, death, and we end our story with the beginning, life,

not just life as it has always been but life as it has never been.  Jesus Christ triumphs over death for us.  Easter is, therefore,

the center of both the Christian story and the Christian faith.

 

Easter emerged as the great holy day of the church gradually.  By the late fourth century the Holy Week you and I observe had begun to take shape

 and Easter Sunday stood out as something over and beyond the usual Sunday celebration of the Lord’s Supper.

 

Naturally, the day of Easter could not be fixed since it was tied to the Jewish Passover which, in turn, is tied to a lunar calendar. 

As the Gospel narratives attest the Passover celebration was the time Jesus chose for his betrayal and death. 

Nevertheless, religious arguments over exactly when Easter should be celebrated went on for centuries.

 

In the Western Church, Easter comes on the first Sunday after the full moon that occurs on or after the spring equinox. 

So, Easter can take place on a Sunday between March 22 and April 25.  Eastern Orthodox Christians and other Eastern-Rite Churches

generally do not celebrate Easter until after the Jewish Passover, which occurs on the 15th day of Nisan, a lunar month which coincides with March/April. 

The annual schedule of Christ feasts and worship observances cannot be set until the date of Easter is determined.

 

Yet Easter is so much more than a date.  It is an attitude.  It is the way of faith.  It is the way of life.  If we are truly Easter people

then we don’t merely hover outside of the entrance to the tomb waiting for the magical appearing of Jesus. 

No, as Christians we are inside the tomb and we walk with Jesus from the inside out: out into the new world, into God’s new day.

 

Yes, this new day is still-a-coming, still being born, but as Easter people with a story to tell, you and I have every reason to believe

that even in the face of war and violence, even in the face of evil, God’s kingdom had come, is come, and will come.

 

Alleluia, Christ is risen!