Valentine’s Day is set aside for romance, but this year it also marked the beginning of Lent, the opportunity for us to prepare for Easter.
Lent models the 40 days Jesus spent in the desert, as he prepared for his public ministry.
Now on Sunday, April 1 — April Fool’s Day — we celebrate Easter, which is the day of the Lord’s resurrection.
So much has happened in our world since Feb. 14. We have witnessed school shootings, kids dying of drug overdoses, adults molesting children and so much more. Because of all of these horrible situations, some people might simply give up.
However, as we celebrate Easter, we are reminded of hope — the hope of Jesus Christ. He became flesh and dwelt among us.
Christ came to show us how to live in the real world. Jesus dealt with suffering, loss and pain, but also triumph and love.
This Easter, and every day, we celebrate the gift of Jesus and his tremendous love for us. He came to suffer, die and rise again for us.
Even though Easter is on the first of April, there is nothing foolish about Easter. So rejoice in the love of God for us.
May our relationship with Jesus be strengthened during this Easter and may our love of God deepen every day.
The Rev. Eric Hill is the father at Prince of Peace Catholic Church in Flowery Branch. He can be reached at email@example.com.