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Our season of jollification is also known as eastertide or paschal time (in case you are trying to fact check me on Google). It is the season between Jesus’ resurrection and Pentecost Sunday (think the Holy Spirit’s fiery entrance). In terms of “holy time”, it is our duty to celebrate the triumph of resurrection. No complaints. No painful tears. Celebrate.
How exactly do we celebrate an entire season? Even if our lives are a chaotic tangle? Even when there are not enough hours in the day to get things done?
When I read the New Testament accounts of finding Jesus’ tomb empty and his encounters post-crucifixion, I am a voyeur--a mere observer-- to ancient history. If only I could meet the man Jesus, then I might understand... I could really understand how to celebrate the funeral-turned-rebirthday event. Right?!
The historical event of Jesus’ resurrection changed history. Even if you are skeptical of the historical accuracy of things related to the Bible, Jesus and the empty tomb hugely impact human history (and I would argue impact all aspects of Creation). We are invited into the narrative of Jesus’s life, death, and resurrection in a miraculously mundane way: be alive. We must determine what in our lives is barring our ability to fully breathe and live in our communities.
Living our season of jollification might mean simply setting our smartphones aside and going to share an undistracted cup of coffee with a friend. Jollification might mean volunteering your time to better your neighborhood. Or maybe jollification is surprising your life partner with a romantic gesture. We honor and celebrate the resurrected life when we fully embrace the precious breath gifted to us this very moment.
"... I’m a pragmatic pessimist by instinct... who really trusts when things are ‘happily ever after’?"
I must confess to you here: I’m a pragmatic pessimist by instinct. This is the best and worst time of the church calendar for me because who really trusts when things are ‘happily ever after’? Brace yourself for disaster (an ulcer is a small price to pay!). Eastertide reminds even us annoying pessimists that jollification is not merely a feeling but a way to touch the world. Now is the time to live without fear.
"Now is the time to live without fear."
~By Tina Mixon
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