So, it’s the second day of Spring, and it’s snowed both days. I’d say I can’t wait to see what happens on April Fool’s Day, except I already know that this year, Easter happens on April Fools’ Day.
This year, the Sunday marked out forevermore as Easter after considerable debate in the year 325 by the Council of Nicea - the first Sunday, after the first moon, after the Spring Equinox – officially falls on (drum roll, please) April, 1st.
It doesn’t happen often.
Since 1700, Easter has fallen on April 1st only 11 times. The last time was in 1956, and the next two times will be 2029 and 2040. After that, we’ll have to wait another 68 years for Easter to fall on the day notorious for pranks.
One of the most notorious April Fools’ pranks was pulled in 1957 when the BBC showed footage of farm workers pulling strands of spaghetti off trees, and reported that a mild winter and the elimination of the dreaded spaghetti weevil had led to a bumper spaghetti crop in Switzerland. When viewers called to ask how they could plant and grow their spaghetti tree, the BBC replied: “place a sprig of spaghetti in a tin of tomato sauce and hope for the best.” The prank worked so well that the head of the BBC reportedly admitted to consulting an encyclopedia for more information.
At least, that’s what one website says.
As for Easter, the Bible says on Good Friday and Easter, “God made foolish the wisdom of this world…” (1 Corinthians 1:23), and “reconciled us to himself through Christ…” (2 Corinthians 5:18), and as the Easter hymns so rightly say: “brought us heaven’s choices…” and “…has opened paradise.”
Easter is the day that the women journeyed through the shadows of an early morning to honor a dead Jesus, found the door of the tomb torn away, and were greeted by angel who said: “You are for Jesus the Nazarene, who was crucified. He has risen! He is not here. See the place where they laid him. But go, tell his disciples…”
And, they did.
Nothing has ever been the same.
Ever since that day we can pray with St. Patrick: I bind to myself today God's Power to guide me, and Christ to protect me: Christ with me, Christ before me, Christ behind me, Christ within me, Christ beneath me, Christ above me, Christ at my right, Christ at my left. Christ in every moment and meeting of the day.
As Christ lives, so we can live also.