Oh, said a friend yesterday, is it Easter this Sunday?
I find it inconceivable that, three days out from Christmas, any American could be unaware when that holiday was coming.
The difference, I suspect, is that Christmas has been commercially hyped to the absolute max — “Christmas sale” signs begin appearing now just before Halloween, in some places — while Easter has remained relatively uncommercialized. Christmas can’t be missed. Easter, however, can and often is.
But our virtual neglect of Easter until essentially the day thereof doesn’t speak well for American Christians. And I’m not talking here just about my fellow Latter-day Saints. Many Protestants are in the same boat, and, very likely, a large but lesser proportion of Catholics and the Orthodox.
Here’s a column that I published two years ago on the days leading up to Easter and the traditional holidays, mostly ignored by Latter-day Saints and Protestants, that commemorate them. Today, by the way, is Maundy Thursday. Tomorrow is Good Friday.
And, please, I hope that nobody will tell me, come Sunday or Monday, about sacrament services in their wards that day that were devoted to, say, Scouting, or the welfare program, or home teaching. Worthy things, all of them. But this is Easter.
Come on. We’re Christians. The atonement and the resurrection of Jesus are at the very heart of our faith. Let’s act like it.