It’s been 3 weeks since Easter. I don’t know about you, but I’ve been trying to immerse myself in these weeks where we live the resurrection in a particular way after the 40 days of Lent.
During Lent, we are in a season of repentance as we make our way to the cross with Jesus. For me, I am also in a season of unrivaled busy-ness. Work is busier and I also have some (some?) side projects that I’m working every Lent. By time Easter Monday rolls around my only words are “Jesus is risen, indeed he is truly risen! Me, on the other hand, I’ve collapsed.”
Today’s Gospel has shaken me from my “resurrection slumber” quite powerfully when Jesus says:
Do not work for food that perishes
but for the food that endures for eternal life…
This leaves me with a question about how many of us choose to live… Does our toil for our living, and our desire for a “secure future” keep us from Christ? I know that such worry and toil distracts me on a more regular basis than I care to admit. What about you?
“Ora et labora”, yes? Our work can also be a form of prayer, when we do it mindfully, when we properly dispose ourselves (perhaps through moments of prayer before/during/after work) to see and perform it through the priestly/prophetic/royal lens of our baptismal vocation.
For me, Easter is a season of particular awareness of the “already-and-not-yet”. Even if the content of my work is purely secular, the way in which I do my work, particularly my work relations with other people, can be ordered towards manifesting the Reign of God, the presence of the Risen Christ.
Such is my aspiration, anyhow! 🙂 I do love your Easter Monday refrain.