From the Pastor

Jesus Christ is risen today! Alleluia! A blessed Easter season to you all! According to Wikipedia: Documented in literature as far back as the late 14th century, April Fools' Day (sometimes called All Fools' Day) is an annual
celebration in some European and Western countries
commemorated on April 1 by playing practical jokes and
spreading hoaxes. The jokes and their victims are called
April fools. People playing April Fools’ jokes often expose their prank by shouting "April fool" at the unfortunate victim(s). Some newspapers, magazines and other published media report fake stories, which are usually explained the next day or below the news section in smaller letters. Although popular since the 19th century, the day is not a public holiday in any country.

Aside from April Fools' Day, the custom of setting aside a day for the playing of harmless
pranks upon one's neighbor has historically been relatively common in the world.
Although no Biblical scholars or historians are known to have mentioned a relationship,
some have expressed the belief that the origins of April Fools’ Day may go back to the
Genesis flood narrative. In a 1908 edition of the Harper's Weekly, cartoonist Bertha R.
McDonald wrote: "authorities gravely back with it to the time of Noah and the ark. The
London Public Advertiser of March 13, 1769, printed: 'The mistake of Noah sending the
dove out of the ark before the water had abated, on the first day of April, and to perpetuate the memory of this deliverance it was thought proper, whoever forgot so remarkable a circumstance, to punish them by sending them upon some sleeveless errand similar to that ineffectual message upon which the bird was sent by the patriarch'."

(If you didn’t quite get that last part on the first reading, don’t worry, neither did I. When I looked into it I found that one of the great repeated April Fools’ jokes is to send an unwitting person in search of a nonexistent item, you know, a wall stretcher or a left handed wrench. In scouting, when I was a kid, we used to send novices out on “Snipe hunts.” Noah sent out the first dove in search of dry land on the first day of April, as it works out in the Jewish calendar. It was far too early and the dove returned, exhausted.
By the way, while the rains came down for 40 days and nights, Noah’s voyage lasted
around a year!)

In the Chronicles of Narnia, the witch thinks she has won the victory when she kills the Lion Aslan on the Stone Table. She screams in exultation as the beasts and demons that surround her howl their delight. It’s on the battlefield when she believes she sees the victory over the Narnians in her grasp that she hears the unmistakable roar, and looks up in horror to see (spoiler alert!) Aslan alive and charging down the hill to destroy her.

I’ve always wondered when the realization of ultimate failure finally came to Satan…
Somehow it seems ironic and yet wildly appropriate that Easter should fall on April Fools’ Day. The resurrection of our Lord declares the verdict that death is beaten, the old tryant is defeated, Satan is the king of fools whose reign is not held just on the first day of April but now and forever. Fool that Satan is, he did not see the devious plans he schemed at, as he manufactured the cruel torture and death of this man Jesus, finding their utter downfall in an empty tomb, a risen Lord, and a Church rising victoriously from the prison
of sin and death to proclaim: “He is risen! He is risen, indeed! Alleluia!”

Pastor Pat

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