Every August, tens of thousands of people descend on the tiny town of Buñol, Spain to partake in La Tomatina – arguably the world’s largest food fight. The festivities begin at 10 AM with the “palo jabón,” meaning “the greased pole.” Participants must climb the pole to knock a ham from the top. As they attempt this, the crowd begins to sing and dance while being showered by water from hoses. Once someone is able to drop the ham off the pole, the fight begins, and trucks disperse around 150,000 tomatoes. After exactly one hour of throwing crushed tomatoes at friends and strangers, the festival ends. The whole town square is colored red and rivers of tomato juice flow freely. Fire Trucks hose down the streets and participants, washing away the tomato paste. Participating in this event is purely for fun, and people travel from all over the world to take part in this celebration.
There is something about celebrating life and each other that contributes to living life to its fullest. Easter Sunday provides us with a reason to celebrate: the resurrection of Jesus. He died the death our sins should cost us, and then he defied death after three days. This can be an overwhelming thought to take in. A man died a very real death so that our sins will not separate us from being with God, our Creator.
John 20 recounts when Jesus’ disciples discovered his empty tomb and when they fully believed he is the son of God.
What does it mean for you to see and believe that Jesus died and rose again, that by doing this he made it possible for you to live life in all its fullness?
Today we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus and the full life we are invited to live because of him.
This week’s challenge:
Celebrate and reflect as a community!
Celebrate the resurrection of Jesus, which marks the completion of Lent, and what you’ve learned about living a full life over the last 6 weeks. Incorporate Easter traditions from other cultures like attending a church service or mass, having a feast, or dyeing Easter eggs. These and other traditions can be found in the Holy Week Tradition Resource on the online sharing platform.
What have you learned about yourself and about God through Lent?
Create an action on the global sharing platform to share how you will continue to experience life to its fullest. We encourage you to also share a prayer or a photo of inspiration with your created action.