Excuse me while I once again drag out my soap box. Growing up Catholic in New York, there were two days of the year when, even if you were deathly ill, you were expected to be in church - Christmas Day (or Christmas Eve, or both) and Easter. Christmas Day to celebrate the birth of Jesus, and Easter, to recognize His sacrifice and His rebirth.
And on these two days, there would never be an empty pew in the place. People were jammed in, wall to wall, with several unfortunate late-comers standing in the back, straining to hear the sermon.
Everyone would be wearing their finest clothes, sporting perhaps a new hairstyle, and eagerly looking forward to the return home for a special dinner to celebrate the day with family.
So, why is it that these two days seem to be the only days when the church is packed to the rafters? Why isn't every Sunday as well attended?
Could it be we find ourselves so full of God's light on these two days that we don't feel it necessary to go to church every Sunday? Or perhaps, we go on those two days because we know everyone else will be there, and we don't want to be found missing?
Every Sunday, pastors across the country give a prepared sermon to their flocks based on the time of the year and what is happening in the world around them, so as to make the sermon relatable to the church community.
They spend quality time putting these sermons together, and put a lot of thought and effort into making them poignant and meaningful.
Granted, they probably spend a lot more time putting together their Christmas and Easter sermons, but still -- a lot of work goes into making each sermon special.
Trust me, as someone who makes her living from writing, it takes a lot of work to create meaningful messages, especially on a weekly deadline.
So, why aren't we there to appreciate the work they've undertaken and to listen as they help us to understand the meanings and the words of the Bible?
Perhaps our Easter lesson is this -- to remember that every Sunday is just as special as Easter and Christmas, because every Sunday we learn a little more, and are guided a little better, and are able as a church community to live our lives with tolerance, respect and love.
Just my two cents -- I'll see you next Sunday and, hopefully, every Sunday thereafter.