And now we have to rise to the challenge of Easter, which is more challenging than the challenge of Lent. In Lent we can find it quite easy to be miserable. (A misunderstanding, of course, but so easy to fall for.) In Easter we do not find it so easy to sustain the rejoicing – we are called to habits of joy. Seven weeks of joy.
We have been greatly assisted this Easter by a song many grown-ups these days remember from infant school:
Love is something if you give it away You end up having more It’s just like the magic penny Hold on tight and you ain’t got any Lend it, spend it and you’ll have so many They’ll roll all over the floor Love is something if you give it away You end up having more
The author of the song, Malvina Reynolds, was an American singer of 1960s “protest songs.” This one is good for Good Friday:
I don’t mind failing in this world I’ll stay down here with the raggedy crew ‘Coz gettin’ up there means steppin’ on you, so I don’t mind failing in this world
And at Good Friday children’s stations we concluded listening to:
God bless the grass that grows through cement It’s green and it’s tender and it’s easily bent But after a while it lifts up its head For the grass is living and the stone is dead And God bless the grass
All these and more are easy to find and listen to on Youtube. It’s the music of Easter! Alleluia!