From Lent to Easter—From Fasting to Feasting (Savoring)

Resurrection, Peterhouse chapelWe just finished 40 days of Lent in order to prepare to celebrate 50 days of Easter! During Lent, we practice specific disciplines: prayer, fasting, and almsgiving. So how do we “practice” Easter? We certainly don’t give up on praying and almsgiving, although those are colored now more by joyful gratitude than penance. But what does it mean to move from fasting to feasting?

Feasting is not to be associated with gluttony. Feasting, for Catholics, is not a selfish or gluttonous endeavor. Rather, it is to be understood as savoring that leads to sharing. In order to enjoy a feast or a banquet, one need not gorge oneself on food and drink but rather appreciate and savor the delicious flavors of the abundance provided.

A feast is marked by joy, and that is the overriding mood of the Easter season. We savor the story of the Resurrection and the graces of God’s enduring mercy and respond with joy.

Most importantly, feasts are celebrated in order to remember an event. Over the 50 days of Easter, we savor the post-Easter Gospel stories and delight in what God has done for us through the Risen Christ.

Feasts are also hosted by someone. Easter is a Feast of the Lord that we are invited to partake in and to savor. As always, it’s not about us but about what God is doing for us.

So just as during Lent, we make a list of things to give up, Easter can and should be a time for us to make a list of what we want to savor most: abundant blessings, family, work, health, creation, relationships, etc. To savor means to dwell on with delight. With that in mind…

What do you plan to savor most during these 50 days of Easter? 

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About Joe Paprocki 2454 Articles
Joe Paprocki, DMin, is National Consultant for Faith Formation at Loyola Press, where, in addition to his traveling/speaking responsibilities, he works on the development team for faith formation curriculum resources including Finding God: Our Response to God’s Gifts and God’s Gift: Reconciliation and Eucharist. Joe has more than 35 years of experience in ministry and has presented keynotes, presentations, and workshops in more than 100 dioceses in North America. Joe is a frequent presenter at national conferences including the Los Angeles Religious Education Congress, the Mid-Atlantic Congress, and the National Conference for Catechetical Leadership. He is the author of numerous books, including the best seller The Catechist’s Toolbox, A Church on the Move, Under the Influence of Jesus, and Called to Be Catholic—a bilingual, foundational supplemental program that helps young people know their faith and grow in their relationship with God. Joe is also the series editor for the Effective Catechetical Leader and blogs about his experiences in faith formation at www.catechistsjourney.com.

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