A savvy strategy indeed, young man! Those eggs don’t just magically leap into your basket. You need a game plan.
That goes for you toddlers too. I’ve seen some of you wee ones hunt Easter eggs. You start by getting distracted by a stick or a leaf or something. Then you plop down on the grass, pick up the stick and sniff it, and scratch the dirt with it. If you ever do get an egg in your basket it immediately falls out the next time you wobblingly bend over to pick up yet another stick.
So here’s a tip for you toddlers. Wear a cute bonnet to the hunt – or go to Party City and get a pair of those fuzzy bunny ears on the plastic headband to wear. The more adorable you look the less likely the bigger kids will trip and trample you. And though you won’t amass many eggs through wit or physical ability, you likely will have people openly handing them to you because you are such a little hunny bunny.
One does not simply hunt Easter eggs. One is graced by them. That is the secret to Easter.
In 1876 Gerard Manley Hopkins composed a stirring poem in which he used the phrase “Let him easter in us.” He employed it as a nautical phrase. To “easter” means to steer the course of a ship to the east and toward the rising sun. He also intended it as a lesson in grace. We are to let the Lord commandeer our lives and bring us to the rising light.
We persevere through Holy Week with the assurance that Jesus is risen and He simply wants to hand over His gift of unconquerable grace and life to us – because we are so adorable and beloved to Him. He has appeared to the apostles and now He makes Himself present to us so that we can be reconciled with the Father.
As the angel at the tomb asked, “Why do you seek the living one among the dead?” (Luke 24:5b). Seek and receive the gift where it may be found.
Blessed Holy Week and Easter to you all, Nativity of Mary! Let’s give it all to Him. Promises will be fulfilled and miracles will spring up.
Your humble, hopeful parish priest.