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I grew up in a family that was part Greek Orthodox and they celebrated Easter on a different Sunday. It seemed weird. But this year takes the cake for Weird Easter. Who could have ever imagined this scenario?

Despite the chaos and fear, the Resurrection is still our reality and we have to claim it, amidst this ongoing struggle. For many, this is a time of grief as loved ones and neighbors may have succumbed to this virus. For others, a time of rejoicing for recovery. For most, a time of anxiety and uncertainty. So many emotions.

The big question of course is “Will we ever return to normal?” But I think perhaps a more appropriate question is this, “Do we really want to?” Has our lifestyle and culture been normal in any true sense of the word?

As difficult as this unexpected penance that was foisted upon us has been, I hope it’s afforded many of you an opportunity to think and examine your priorities. Was the pace we were all living serving or harming us? Has time alone or with your immediate family borne any unexpected fruits? Yes, it’s easy to see the downside—the tragedies and inconveniences, but God is always in the business of using evil for good. Easter is the essence of that reality.

Like a great epic movie adventure, lay aside your disbelief. Reconsider normal. Watch with eager longing for Our Glorious Lord to triumph in unexpected and amazing ways. When the devil thought he won on Good Friday, his ultimate and eternal defeat came very early on Easter Sunday. And it continues…so be open to see it.

Wishing you all and glorious and blessed Easter. May you and all of your loved ones remain safe and healthy.

Allison Ricciardi, LMHC
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