Yes, it is still Easter. The Easter season lasts 50 days until Pentecost. Alleluia! What a great way to have the time to enjoy the church season of Easter and think about the meaning of the resurrection in our lives. After all, it is not the empty tomb that requires our attention but encountering Jesus after the resurrection just like the disciples did on the road to Emmaus.
On a recent trip to the coast, my husband and I encountered a tunnel which we hesitantly navigated through. The tunnel lead to an area of beach that was less populated and foreign to us. Climbing through the tunnel reminded me of the resurrected Jesus walking out of the tomb into the light.
Participating in the Lenten practice of fasting or sacrifice before Easter, I gave up watching TV for 40 days and it was a little like walking through the tunnel which was dark and rock-strewn, but I just kept my focus on the light at the end of the tunnel. I focused on what I might gain from having extra time–extra time to think, to read, to cook, talk to family and friends, etc. I would say that I even gained an appreciation for being able to have the option for televised entertainment and news gathering.
Sometimes when life is dark, especially with so many atrocities we are faced with in the world, it is important to continue to focus on the light.