So, how do we live our lives as an “Easter people?”
For me, I find it helpful to look to St. Francis who was known for many abstract thoughts in his life and how he lived his faith out loud. In my very basic understanding of Franciscan spirituality, Francis recognized several elements that he would follow. He found Jesus in the cradle, the incarnation of God, and he embraced the humble child, learning also to embrace everything in creation. Francis vowed to follow Jesus, the humble servant of the Gospels. Bonaventure wrote, “Francis the model of humility, wanted his friars to be called Minor and the superiors of his Order to be called servants, in order to use the very words of the Gospel which he had promised to observe….” Francis was also led to Christ through the cross and resurrection. He especially lived the way of the cross, embracing the Paschal mystery to live in the Kingdom.
I think that being an Easter people means to live in love, and the best way I know how to do this is reflected in the following letter from Paul to the Colossians:
“Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, heartfelt compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience, bearing with one another and forgiving one another, if one has a grievance against another; as the Lord has forgiven you, so must you also do. And over all these put on love, that is, the bond of perfection. And let the peace of Christ control your hearts, the peace into which you were also called in one body. And be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, as in all wisdom you teach and admonish one another, singing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God. And whatever you do, in word or in deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.” ~Colossians 3:12-17