An egg doesn’t seem like much. But at Easter time, eggs of all sizes and colors appear everywhere. They are made, hidden, gathered and loved by Christians and non-Christians alike to celebrate the holiday.
Eggs are also a miraculous incarnation of new life: A seemingly inanimate object, resembling a stone or sealed tomb, cracks open to reveal a living, breathing creature.
Easter eggs are meant to enhance our Easter joy, to remind us that this is a time of feasting and celebration. They also remind us that the Resurrection calls us to something deeper and more serious—to Christ, alive among us. An egg is small and ordinary, but also miraculous. In Jesus, God became small and ordinary too, like us.
This message is an excerpt from “Symbols of the Resurrection” by Heidi Haverkamp in the April 2019 issue of Gather magazine. On this second Sunday of Easter, we remember Olavus Petri, priest, who died in 1552, and Laurentius Petri, bishop of Uppsala, who died in 1573; renewers of the church.