That is, it is soon time to "break the fast" of Lent. That's where the English word comes from. Each morning we break the nightly fast as we take food again. So too the season of Easter becomes a fifty-day break-fast proclaiming that the great fast of Lent is over.
This year I will be breaking the fast with a See's dark-chocolate candy bar. It is in my freezer. I like my dark chocolate frozen so it really snaps when I bite into it. As soon as the Easter Vigil is over it will be my first taste of Easter.
So often I have gone to Southdale Mall and have been enticed when walking by the See's Candy store – but always I have resisted. I love the way the store looks with the black-and-white checkered floor. Behind the counter are Lucy and Ethel in their spiffy cute confectioner’s uniforms. I call them Lucy and Ethel because they always remind me of that iconic "I Love Lucy" episode where Lucy and Ethel take on a job wrapping chocolates on an assembly line at the candy factory. The conveyor belt malfunctions and speeds out of control as Lucy and Ethel try to keep up by stuffing the chocolates in their mouths and down their shirts.
So the last time I went to Southdale I decided, “That’s it. That’s how I want to break my Lenten fast. That's what I want Easter to taste like to me this year! Easter is the sweetness of God coming at us full force, blessings without number, infinitely more than we can grasp or imagine, always more down the line.” In Latin it’s “vita, dulcedo” – “life and sweetness.” Throughout the season of Easter I want to taste more fully the life and sweetness of God.
Unlike Lucy and Ethel we need never panic. We heed the message of the angel at the tomb, “Do not be afraid!” (Matt. 28:5). Knowing the Risen Christ alive in our lives means believing that, in the midst all of the confusion and chaos that comes our way, God is mighty. Something new and beautiful is coming to life.
You’re all a bunch of good eggs and it is great to be here at Nativity of Mary with you. Cheerfully and generously together we will surrender ourselves in hope to the promises of God. When we do that, there will always be the sweetness of life in Christ, abundant and new, in our lives and in our parish.
Break the fast well. He is risen. Watch now for signs of new life!