St. John Chrysostom’s Easter homily is quite often quoted. I’m sure we’ve posted it in the past here at Lent & Beyond. Reading the text over at David Fischler’s Reformed Pastor blog this morning though, something new struck me. We are all equally invited to partake in the joyful celebration of Easter. First and last, rich & poor, and those who have kept the Lenten fast and those who have not.
Let us all enter into the joy of the Lord! First and last alike receive your reward; rich and poor, rejoice together! Sober and slothful, celebrate the day!
You that have kept the fast, and you that have not, rejoice today for the Table is richly laden! Feast royally on it, the calf is a fatted one. Let no one go away hungry. Partake, all, of the cup of faith. Enjoy all the riches of His goodness!
While Lent is an important and deeply helpful preparation for Easter, it is not a pre-requisite. May all of us who fell far short of what we had hoped in terms of our Lenten disciplines rejoice. God’s grace and joy is for us ALL. Let us consciously choose to enter into the joy of the Lord!