Champagne for Breakfast

IMG_0288Theologian N. T. Wright offers insightful words about this season between Easter Sunday and the Feast of the Ascension:

“In particular, if Lent is a time to give things up, Easter ought to be a time to take things up. Champagne for breakfast again – well, of course. Christian holiness was never meant to be merely negative. . . . The forty days of the Easter season, until the ascension, ought to be a time to balance out Lent by taking something up, some new task or venture, something wholesome and fruitful and outgoing and self-giving.”

Our experiences of holidays (holy days) are truncated by retailers focused on the next money-making day on the calendar. We are tossed into advertising’s white water rapids, without a chance to take life at a pace appropriate to the season. There’s always the next thing to focus on.

I like Wright’s approach to living fully in Easter. Let’s moderate the austerity of Lent with the abundance of Easter. After letting go during Lent of that which doesn’t serve us, we have room now to add new habits, experiences and relationships. Let’s live joyfully and enthusiastically. Let’s drink Champagne for breakfast!


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