How Does the Easter Bunny Stay Healthy?

He "Eggercises!"

Jokes like these are often heard around Easter.  By the time Easter Sunday is over, most people are exhausted from how busy things get.  We go to Church (perhaps multiple times), we cook, see friends and family, and may even organize and egg hunt for the children.  In the midst of all the busyness, we can forget about the contemplative side of the holiday.  Even when we go to Church, we may be focused on the new sights and smells:  incense, lilies and the joyful music.  All of these things are great, but they are not present for their own sake or to only make the Church look pretty.  They are there to draw us deeper into the mystery of what Easter is all about.

Thankfully Easter does not end when Easter Sunday is over:  it goes on for 50 days!  Many of the aspects of the Easter celebration are still present in the Church long after the day is over.  I think that having the holiday extend for 50 days is quite clever.  Like the Apostles, we sometimes do not fully understand what the resurrection means until things settle down a bit.  We may have to go on our own trip to Emmaus where Jesus can open the scriptures and break the bread with us.  We may even have to witness the Ascension and Pentecost in order to for it to make sense.

The Apostles recognized that Easter was not simply about Jesus being raised from the dead, for them it pointed to a new direction in life by encountering the resurrected Lord.  They left their own metaphorical tombs, just as Jesus left his actual tomb, to live a life of renewal.  This is exactly what we should be doing.  Bible stories are not just old stories to hear in Church and forget about 5 minutes after they are read aloud.  Rather, it is a formula for how to live a good life, how to avoid common obstacles in that journey and how to help others along the way.

This Easter season, take some time to meditate on the resurrection of Jesus.  I find the rosary to be particularly helpful for this sort of "eggercising."  You do not even have to pray the whole rosary.  One decade a day is enough for God to work with.  Imagine yourself at the scene of the resurrection, how do you feel?  What kind of memories or unresolved conflicts in your life are brought up?  I would encourage you "to paint the picture," filling in details that may not be explicitly talked about in the Bible.  What do you see?  What kind of surface did the rock cut tomb have?  What kind of smell was in the air?  Then take notice how you feel once Pentecost comes.  Who knows, maybe you will be on fire with the Spirit just like the Apostles were.  By "eggercising" our souls, we become spiritually healthy and can get to know ourselves better.  Perhaps this kind of transformation in knowing ourselves and God is really what the mystery of Easter is all about.


Matt Green - Parish Support Specialist
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Welcome to the Church
At the Easter Vigil last weekend, we welcomed two new people to the faith.   Seth Ebarra was baptized, received the Eucharist and was Confirmed. Matt Ross received the Eucharist and was Confirmed at the Easter Vigil. Welcome Matt and Seth!
Youth Group is Starting Up
Calling All Teens! Youth Group is beginning again. Please join us! We will gather on Sunday, April 30th, May 7th and May 21 from 6:30-8:00pm in the school. All students from 7th through 12th grade are welcome.

It's time of year again!
Vacation Bible School (VBS) will take place Monday through Friday, June 12th-16th 8:45am-11:30am. All parish children ages 4-10 are welcome. Please contact Mary Jane Sullivan at maryjane@stjosaphatparish.org or 773-327-8955 to offer to help. We need a lot of help so please consider offering for a day or two or behind the scenes beforehand.
Support Our Students!
Doing a little Spring cleaning? Don't forget about your car! Come to the Annual St. Josaphat Car Wash on Sunday, April 30th from 2:00p-5:00p in the church parking lot. The 8th grade students will be washing cars to raise money for their class field trips. Car wash is $10. Please come out and support our 8th graders!!
Help Women and Children in Need
Our parish is participating in the Women's Center Baby Bottle Project again this year. Please take a bottle after mass this weekend. The donations raised from this project go directly to The Women's Center of Chicago.  The money we collect will help mothers who are facing a crisis pregnancy and who have little or no support for their unborn babies.  When you bring the baby bottle back to church, you can give the bottle to the ushers, or put the baby bottle in a basket in the back of the church. Bottles should be returned by Mother's Day weekend.  Please give whatever you can to help us help those women and young girls to choose life for their babies and please pray for an end to abortion in our country. Thank you!
Wanted:  JQS Coordinator
Are you interested in helping lead the Josaphat Quarterly Socials?  Please email office@stjosaphatparish.org for more details!
High School Sophomore / Junior Needed
Seeking two high school sophomores or juniors who want experience in service and leadership, to take responsibility for the Children's Liturgy of the Word program at the 10:00 am Masses. Please contact MaryJane@stjosaphatparish.org
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