Just to confuse everyone Easter moves around. It can be as early as March 22nd and as late as April 25th. This year Easter is almost as late as it can be falling on April 21st. In 2018 Easter fell on the most ironic of days: April Fool’s Day.
It may seem random, but there is a method to the madness as they say. Easter will always fall on the first Sunday after the first full moon after the vernal equinox. This is because it was decided that the season of the year and the position of the moon in the sky should be the same as it was the first Easter Sunday in about 30 A.D. This means on Holy Saturday, the day before Easter Sunday, if you go out into the night and look up the sky will be similar to the sky the disciples saw when they looked up in their grief, sorrow and fear and wondered what could possibly happen next.
We live so disconnected from the natural world in these days. The full moon only means people will make claims about more babies being born or crime rates going up. The brightness of the night sky does not really change our lives, certainly not in the way it did for people 2000 years ago.
By placing our Easter on a day when the ancient sky and the modern sky matches up we are connected to our brothers and sisters in the faith from of old. Some days it feels like we can be all alone in this life, but we stand on the foundation built by the faithful lives of those before us. We share the faith passed on to us by parents and grandparents to be sure, but that is only the beginning. Generation upon generation have found hope for their future and meaning for their present in the promises of Jesus.
As the days move slowly and steadily towards the great celebration of Easter, remember you do not celebrate alone. Even sitting in your home all alone, you are surrounded by a great cloud of witnesses stretching back Peter, James and John and the rest of the disciples who left their nets by the shores of the Sea of Galilee and followed the one who called them.