This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad.Psalm 118:24
I have beautiful memories about every Easter Sunday that I can remember. Among pretty dresses, chocolate crosses, and the best Mass of the year, I vividly remember singing Psalm 118. Psalm 118 is one that’s so close to my heart. It’s the psalm that I remember being sung on every Easter Sunday. I find myself reciting verse 24 year-round. It’s on my mind when I wake up in the morning, when I feel the Lord’s presence, when I hear good news, and to remind me that bad days aren’t as bad as they seem. It’s triumphant and calming at the same time. The Lord makes every day. Every day is a gift. The Lord has conquered death and lives with us every day. Because of the Resurrection, we can rejoice and be glad every day.
Unfortunately, we don’t always have this mindset. Not every day brings us reasons to rejoice and be glad. There are days that we feel meh, and we don’t want to do anything. I have days when I don’t even want to get out of bed. We have days when we feel like the world is against us, and we have days when we feel that God is far away. It can be hard to remember that the Lord makes these days too, and what he makes is always good. A saying that I learned in Bible Study helped me understand this. Not every day will be good, but there’s something good in every day.
I’m sure you might be finding it hard to celebrate Easter this year. I’m missing a beautiful Mass at my home parish, which is fittingly called Resurrection. I miss the joy that comes from celebrating the Mass on Easter Sunday, I miss the flowers that overflow from the church, and the jubilant music that makes my soul soar. I miss time with my extended family, especially because I haven’t seen them much lately and I’ll be moving this summer so I won’t be able to see them much next year.
But the Lord still rises today, and this is the day the Lord has made, so we’ll still rejoice and be glad in it.
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Maybe this Easter will be the most memorable one. Maybe you’ll gather your family and watch Mass on TV before having a meal together and playing board games. This is what I’m doing with my family and I’ve been looking forward to it all week! Yes, there are things that we’ll have to give up this Easter, and some of them will be hard and even painful. I keep thinking about the Eucharist and how I look to receive it. Just remember that the Lord made this day, and even though it might not be all good, there’s going to be something good in it. As you celebrate Christ’s Resurrection today, find something good to rejoice and be glad in. If you need a suggestion, I recommend rejoicing in the Resurrection because Christ has conquered death and opened the gates of Heaven for you so that you can be with him forever.
Have a wonderful, blessed Easter from Radiant with Joy. He is risen, Alleluia.
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