As I wrote last year, I wanted to be intentional with the Easter season – 50 days of celebrating the glory of Christ’s resurrection and victory over death. My plan was to grow Sabbath-keeping, especially by feasting and cultivating the habit of intentionally dining on Sunday nights. My memory is a bit fuzzy, but I don’t think everything went as planned. Oh, I probably had a great time, and maybe cut back on Sunday work, but the dinners soon disappeared in the rush of life.
So this year, I intentionally wanted to do something else. Yes, that seems to be the theme of my spiritual life lately. But I didn’t want to get into anything complicated. I wanted something I could make time for no matter the week, something almost ritualistic.
Naturally, I did a quick Google search for ways to celebrate the entire Easter season. But I was disappointed to find pretty much the same suggestions on every list: painting Easter eggs, eating desserts throughout Easter (especially chocolate bunnies), listening to Easter music, making a paschal candle, display the word “Alleluia” somewhere in your house, etc. Other suggestions were more liturgical, such as making novenas to the Holy Spirit in preparation for Pentecost or making a garden marie in honor of our Blessed Mother during the month of May. But most of the things on the list seemed superficial or more like a “been there, done that” idea.
Then a list suggested making bread. And here’s why.
The appearance of Jesus to the two disciples on their way to Emmaus is one of the most memorable passages of scripture about the Easter season. Although they didn’t recognize him at first, their eyes were revealed as he sat down at the table with them and broke and blessed the bread – the second time the Eucharist was consecrated in his flesh. and his divine blood.
I go to Mass at least once a week, in addition to Sundays, so I can cultivate a lifestyle surrounded by the breaking of bread, participation in the Eucharistic feast. But then I go home to my go-go-go life, and I forget to live with the Eucharist in mind like I should.
Yet I want my house to be a domestic church. My choice of decoration echoes this desire, since I have a canvas hanging above my sink that says “Give us today our daily bread”. But there is this desire to go deeper, to really create a life that revolves around Christ and the Eucharist, even when I am not in his presence. So, I will bake bread, the most spiritual of foods, so that when I eat it and share it with others, I can give a subtle nod to Our Lord and offer a humble thank you for the great gifts he has given us — first of all the invitation to eternal life and his eucharistic presence here and now.
There are a few Easter recipes I could try (hot cross buns, for example), but I’m not going to stick to any one in particular. Maybe I’ll associate it with my new ritual of tea time and the Divine Mercy Rosary prayer, or maybe not. I’ll just let the Lord lead.
Maybe baking bread sounds daunting, but you love the theme. Consider buying bread from a bakery every week or even frozen rolls to warm you up. Or, if bread making isn’t for you (and believe me, I’m no expert – my recipes tend to be great the first time and terrible the second time), there are plenty of others. Easter traditions or habits to choose from. at the top. A few others that intrigued me were starting a garden (although I tend to kill off most plants that enter my space); keep flowers, especially lilies, in your home throughout the season; read the Acts of the Apostles to remember the beginnings of the Church; and go to mass on Ascension Thursday, even if your diocese celebrates it on Sunday. The idea is to do something simple that can point you to Christ. Sit down with these ideas, or search the internet yourself for other suggestions, and ask the Holy Spirit to guide you this Easter season.
Because he is risen. He is risen indeed!
Ava Lalor is associate editor of Our Sunday Visitor and editor of Radiant magazine.