by Ben Myers
“All our life is a festival. Since we are persuaded that God is present everywhere on all sides, we praise God as we till the ground, we sing hymns as we sail the sea, we feel God’s inspiration in all that we do…. Whenever we pay attention to God, every place and every time becomes truly holy.”
—Clement of Alexandria, Stromateis7.7.39.
“So the whole of our lifetime is a festival. For when Paul said, ‘Let us keep the feast’ [1 Cor 5:7-8], he wasn’t referring to the Passover or Pentecost. He was pointing out that all time is a festival for Christians…. For what good thing has not already come to pass? The Son of God was made human for you. He freed you from death and called you to a kingdom. Now that you have gained such good things – and are still gaining them – how can you do anything less than ‘keep the feast’ all your life? So let no one be downcast about poverty or illness or the cunning of enemies. It is a festival, all of it – our whole lifetime!”
—John Chrysostom, Homilies on 1 Corinthians 15.6.
Can there be any day but this,
Though many suns to shine endeavour?
We count three hundred, but we miss:
There is but one, and that one ever.
—George Herbert, “Easter”, from The Temple.
-reposted from Faith and Theology
“All of life is Easter” – a most profound thought!
In other words: at every moment of our lives we should pronounce by our thoughts, words and deeds that Our Lord Jesus Christ is truly risen from the Dead, never more to die… and that one day we too shall rise again from our graves, as He has promised us.
Profound thought, indeed, Kathleen. Many and many is the time Toad has slurringly suggested, in April, July – or, in fact, any month with a vowel in it, “Let’s have just the one more. before we go home – after all, it’s Christmas, isn’t it?”