A recent study at the Nestlé chocolate factory has concluded that the shape of chocolate affects how it tastes (I would definitely paint my face orange and dye my hair green, oompa-loompa style, to be part of that research team!).
The researchers explain that how the chocolate is shaped determines how it melts in your mouth. This affects how the molecules from the chocolate are released to your taste buds and nose. If this is true, the same chocolate shaped as a bar, chip, chunk, kiss, or egg will all taste different.
So here is your assignment. As you're nibbling away at the various body parts from your chocolate rabbits this year, let me know if you prefer the flavor of the ears or the tail.
Maybe somebody at Nestlé will get smart and next year sell packages of "just chocolate bunny whiskers" or "just chocolate bunny paws" – so that everybody can get more of their favorite part. Or maybe we can trade. I'll give you the tally-waggle parts of my rabbit for the flippity-bop parts of yours.
I love Easter! Every year they come up with something new.
Thus should it be. Jesus is the one who promises, "Behold, I make all things new" (Rev. 21:5). With His resurrection from the dead Jesus reveals the renovating, revitalizing power and love of God. Jesus is risen and invites us to a life that is continually renewed and gives us always something more.
Whoever is bored at Mass isn't paying attention. Whoever is growing disillusioned with the faith is looking in the wrong direction. For whoever believes that their way of sin is best, or that they have anything all figured out, Jesus has a wonderful surprise in store. The Risen Christ leads us always to something different, something new, and something more.
I've never tasted a chocolate shape I didn't like. I've also never encountered Jesus in a way that didn't raise me up and renew me somehow.
That's Easter. I'm glad to savor it for another ever-fresh year with you at Nativity of Mary.