What does Jesus’ Resurrection mean for us on a day-to-day basis? What does it mean to bring the joy of Easter into our everyday lives? What could that look like? On my search for answers to these complex questions, I came across the prayer printed below. It spoke to me, and I hope that some of you might also find comfort and inspiration in these words.
Easter Morning Prayer
As the world sings triumphant cries to heaven over death that You conquered, help us, Lord, tomorrow as well, when the dresses are put away and the candy is all eaten and on with life we go let us not forget.
The celebration of Your Resurrection over death is a celebration of life that should continue well beyond the sunrise service and the music, rehearsed for days prior; it is beyond the sign of spring, beyond the lily, beyond new lambs grazing in open fields.
Resurrection is a daily celebration over fear; man’s greatest and most powerful enemy. Fear of tomorrow, fear of our yesterdays, fear of what shall become of our young, our old, our unborn. Resurrection is replacing fear with physical action.
This alone, the most touching and profound of Your signs that fear is dead and belief in You brings, not just hope but life.
What better living parable could You have brought? All fear death. All. Even in the garden, You took on our fear if for only moments, it was as real as our fears can be real and You knew then that this single enemy must be destroyed.
And, You sacrificed Your life, leaving those who had been comfort, and follower;
You left them behind, to conquer fear. I shall cling to this now, and the tomorrows given me. Peace and Thanksgiving lifted unto You.
The Resurrection gives us hope and strength. Looking at the world through “Resurrection eyes,” we can confront our fears and take action against them as Jesus did for us. What do you fear? What action can you take, big or small, to begin confronting that fear?
Most of us fear death. Logically we know that one day we will all face it, and as Catholics we know that death is not the end. Yet we still fear it. Will it be painful? Will I be ready? What will happen to my family? How will I be remembered?
What can we do today to replace fear with action?
Our donors tell us that Legacy Planning can bring comfort to some of these anxieties. Leaving clear instructions about how to distribute assets after death can greatly reduce the amount of confusion and fighting that too often plague families in the event of a loved one’s death. We have our favorite charities which we support generously through our lives, yet we don’t always think to include charity as part of our legacy. Donors found great joy in leaving large gifts to charity (a Family Endowment, for example) as well as small gifts (a simple percentage in a will or a payable-upon-death beneficiary designation from a bank account).
A gift to charity as part of our legacy plan is a beautiful gift given in the Easter spirit – an action that brings hope and life in the face of death.
If you would like to remember the Catholic Church or a Catholic school or organization in your will, please contact the Foundation at (408) 995-5219 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Citation: Catholic Online. (n.d.). Easter Morning – Prayers. From www.catholic.org/prayers/prayer.php?p=59.