Enjoy the Moment…
Some seasons are for fasting, and others are for celebrating:
The disciples of John and of the Pharisees were accustomed to fast. People came to him and objected, “Why do the disciples of John and the disciples of the Pharisees fast, but your disciples do not fast?”
Jesus answered them, “Can the wedding guests fast while the bridegroom is with them? As long as they have the bridegroom with them they cannot fast. But the days will come when the bridegroom is taken away from them, and then they will fast on that day.” -Mark 2:18-20, NAB
The disciples of John and the Pharisees were fasting in repentance and in preparation. Specifically, John’s disciples were preparing themselves for the one he spoke of – the one who would baptize with the Holy Spirit. Well, that time had come, so it was no longer a time to fast, but a time to celebrate.
Throughout Lent, we spend a great deal of time in reflection. We examine our hearts and souls, and try to reconcile ourselves with God. We fast and make sacrifices in preparation for the coming of the Lord. Like John’s disciples, we are preparing ourselves for the Messiah.
When Easter finally arrives, we celebrate our Risen Lord with great feasts and time spent with family. But, what do we do the day after Easter? Do we go back to our daily routine? Do we simply return to the life we lived prior to Lent beginning? Too often, we do, and we shouldn’t. Instead, the celebration should continue, especially as we approach Pentecost – the coming of the Holy Spirit.
We put a lot of effort into our fasting and mourning during Lent, but we must also put that same energy into our celebrations after Easter. Now is a time to rejoice! The Lord is with us! We shouldn’t go back to our old ways. Lent was preparing us for a renewal of spirit, and that time has come.
The time will come again when we focus on fasting and repentance. In fact, it is something that we should do more than simply during the Lenten season. However, right now is a time of celebration. Let’s celebrate our Risen King. Let’s celebrate His coming Ascension. Let’s celebrate the coming of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost. The time for celebration is not yet over.