Every genuine Christian cannot help but be transformed by the Easter event. All is changed: darkness to light, doubt to faith, selfishness to generosity, despair to hope, sin to grace, and death to eternal life.
Easter should have profound ramifications on our outlook and attitude, our disposition and demeanor. How can a person be both a Christian and frowning, grumpy, pessimistic, sour, disagreeable, or negative? They cannot! These features are like oil and water. They simply do not mix. Easter Christians are just the opposite: smiling, cheerful, optimistic, upbeat, happy, agreeable, and positive.
People can tell rather quickly whether someone is an Easter person or not. We all “give off vibes,” “send out signals.” Easter people radiate genuine positive energy, and in doing so, bear witness to the reality of the resurrection.
While Easter happens on one Sunday of the year, we are called to be Easter people all of the time: in Lent and Easter, Advent and Christmas, and Ordinary Time too. For Christians, every day is Easter! Every day is a day to be joyful! Joy is a fruit of the Holy Spirit (Gal 5:22), a trademark of the authentic Christian. Jesus said, “People will know that you are my disciples by your love” (Jn 13:35). Upon his rising Jesus could have easily also said, “People will know you are my disciples by your joy.”
Fr. Michael Van Sloun