I’m not saying anything that you don’t already know when I say, Christians like to party! More accurately, I’d say, we like to feast. As I’ve been writing repeatedly over the last couple of weeks, Easter is the “feast of feasts”. Easter isn’t just a day, it’s a season. A season called Eastertide and it goes for fifty days.
Eastertide starts on Easter Sunday and goes all the way to Pentecost which we will celebrate on the 20th of May. Some say Lent is long, but Eastertide is ten days longer! Did I mention Christians like to feast? Eastertide is a time focused on Mystagogy, especially for the newly baptised. Mystagogy is a Greek word with the same root as the English word, mystery. For us Christians, mystery isn’t something we solve, but rather we enter into mystery. Think of the memorial acclamation at Mass, “the mystery of faith”, with which we respond, “we proclaim your Death, O Lord, and profess your Resurrection until you come again”. This isn’t an answer, in the same way 1+1=2 is, but rather it’s a statement of our faith which we experience.
Eastertide, with its focus on mystagogy is a time where we delve more deeply into the mystery of our faith in all its wonder, awe and joy. The fruit of which is a deepening of our faith and a closer relationship with God. This focused time of mystagogy (fifty day) really reminds us that indeed mystagogy is a lifelong process. Christ is truly risen, Alleluia, Alleluia.