(Scripture: John 11:21-22,38-39,44-45)
At our home today, as we await the joy of tomorrow’s Easter Resurrection, we will be busy. Eggs will be boiled and the three youngest children will dye them bright spring colors. They will choose from our stack of baskets which to leave out for the Easter bunny who still visits our home. They will help prepare the foods that I ate as a Polish child growing up in Chicago. Tomorrow, the aroma of fresh Polish sausage, potato and cheese pierogies and kapusta (sauerkraut) will be joined at the table by hard-boiled easter eggs, jewish rye, slices of oranges and tomatoes, and a butter lamb and cake. These activities help me to remember my grandparents and their parents. We are asked in our lenten actions to “raise some dead loved ones today” who live on in our memories. For our family, this happens in the midst of carrying on their sacred traditions and sharing their sacred stories just as the sacred stories of our faith are proclaimed tonight at the Easter Vigil.