Every year before our family Easter dinner, we hold our annual Easter Egg Hunt. Over 125 eggs are hidden in the back yard. Some contain candy, some coin and a select few contain paper money. As the kids got older (top picture = 2000, bottom = 2011), they quickly learned to pick up the egg, shake it and if it didn’t rattle, assumed it to be paper money and kept that egg. If it rattled, they placed it back and continued on the search. So, in time, the Easter Bunny got smarter and would always include a coin or two in order that all would rattle and thus fool the teen seeker.
God is like that. God is hidden where you least expect to find God. Where, you ask? Author Paula D’Arcy writes, “God comes to you disguised as your life.” Our challenge is, like the Blind Man in the gospel story, we need to have our eyes opened!
Lent was a time for introspection, a time to scrutinize oneself, to look internally at our own darkness so that we may be open to the light of Christ. But it is now Easter! Christ is Risen and Christ is among us! Easter is the time to look outward and to open our eyes to see Christ in our lives.
Christ is in your spouse, your child, your family, your co-worker, your neighbor, your church family. Christ is also in your estranged friend or loved one, in your hurts, your wounds and your ‘enemy.’ Christ is found in those at the top of their lives and those who are at the bottom. Christ is found in you and me.
Fr. Richard Rohr reminds us in his classic book, Everything Belongs, that spirituality is all about seeing. During this Easter season, open your eyes to all that is hidden, whether it rattles or not. For it is there that you will find God waiting for you!
Christ is Risen! He is risen indeed!