Joy No One Can Suppress (Pascha, May 2)

Christ is Risen! The word of the day is “alive.”  Well, today, we will have a festive Pascha dinner, and we will share Paschal Greeting, “Christ is Risen.”  In keeping with this joyful theme, the word of the day is “alive.”  Our journey to the Cross is complete, so we think.  We can now resume our lives with the memory of the glorious hymns of Pascha to uplift us. But now, let us suppress any suggestion that we can enjoy a time of spiritual relaxation.  We now enter into the forty days of the appearances of the Risen Christ.  This is the time when Luke says in today’s reading of Acts 1:1-8 that Christ “presented Himself alive after His suffering…