Today is Easter eve. As Catholics, we celebrated today in the Easter vigil mass. Always such a beautiful celebration, beginning with the ceremony of lights and followed by the old time stories of Adam & Eve, Abraham and Moses.
For a brief moment today, a good friend of mine and I reflected on what we were doing this time last year. For some reason the events of Easter eve in 2012 really struck a chord with us and we remembered every detail of what happened that day. Where we ate, what we did, the people we spent it with and the mishaps we inflicted on the world that day.
Most importantly, we gratefully realized that we ended up at the same Easter vigil mass this year as we did last year. Perhaps, the beginning of a new tradition.
As the story of Moses parting the red sea was read out aloud today in the dim lit church, lit only by the candles held by each member of the congregation, I had a prolific thought. Where was I exactly one year ago? Yes, I know where I ate, what I ate and what I did, but where was I?
To put it simply I was definitely nowhere near where I am today. Apparently the past year has been a huge learning curve for me and a year where I changed for the better, I hope. New habits have formed, new attitudes have solidified and a whole new way of looking at the world was established.
So where were you this time last year? Have you moved at all? Or are you exactly at the same spot you were standing in last year? It doesn’t have to be a literal move; even though I was spending the same mass at the same place with more or less the same people today, I was miles away from my 2012 self.
Have you let go of the people that no longer deserve to be in your life? Have you taken that leap of faith? Have you gathered up the courage to do that thing you always wanted to do?
Because Jesus rose from the dead people. He died and then three days later, he came back to life.
That event alone should be enough for all of us to get off our ass and do something incredible with our lives. To keep moving and to keep learning, to keep changing and to keep moving closer to the one that has given us His life.
Don’t stand still. Keep moving on. So that every time you find yourself asking this question, you are miles away from your old self, miles better off.