Today there is an empty church. The pews are empty, the church organ is dusty, there are no colourful flowers or Easter eggs to decorate the alter and the only thing that will break the dead silence in the church is the bell.
Being in quarantine or isolation this year has created many changes and shocking shifts, yet even amid this we can spread the message of Easter by focusing on the true meaning of Easter without being distracted by the usual glam. We can be thankful in our prayers for our health and safety, for our families and their health during this pandemic and for the roof over our heads that we call home. This is the best time to strengthen our bonds with our immediate family and to rekindle lost relationships to start afresh in the true spirit of Easter. As for our loved ones whom we usually meet on Easter, this year we can meet virtually and celebrate a virtual Easter, sharing memories and praying together as a community.
This Easter is far from traditional but that shouldn’t let our minds deviate from the true reason for celebration this season. Our hearts must be full; with hope for better future, with gratitude for all we have and for all who help us and with peace in knowing that Christ who conquered death will protect us during these troubling times.
-Written by Rtr. Dilisha Gunawardana-