For those born in the Northern Hemisphere Lent/Easter is Springtime and all the symbols of resurrection and new life are easy to relate to. Right? Well how about for those of us who were born “down under” when Fall/Autumn is in full swing? We don’t have the same seasonal symbols to “lean” upon. The harvesting and dying that occurs in nature does not lend itself to seeing lambs, chicks and bunnies running around. Do we have to relate a differently to salvation history? I would definitely say “No!” The Paschal Mystery of the Lord’s dying and rising is so much greater than bunnies and chicks.
As NZ writer Graham Redding put it: “The Church is called to proclaim the Resurrection, not illustrate it. Indeed, any attempt to do so immediately detracts from its uniqueness and reduces it to one natural process among many.” So as the Trinity, in all it’s glory breaks into our lives here and now in time and space we should not be constricted by the seasons of our border-less planet.
This year I will be “down-under” for the Triduum – some of which will be spent flying high close to the Southern Cross and some of it will be spent on the ground in New Zealand where Cadbury Chocolate Eggs will give me an artificial high! What will be the real “high” however, will be the remembering, celebrating and believing in the Paschal Mystery as the Church proclaims His Resurrection! The Tomb is Empty! He is truly Risen! He is Alive! Alleluia!