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When Easter arrives, will you feast or will you binge?

When Easter arrives, will you feast or will you binge?

Dr. R. Jared Staudt, PhD
Director of Content

After intense periods of asceticism, the temptation is to binge: to go back to all of our old habits, even to excess. The Church points us, rather, to festivity: Christian feasting. 

We are not used to Christian festivity, as our culture inclines more to partying, having fun simply for its own sake or as a pleasurable distraction. 

A Christian feast, however, honors God through culture: spending time joyfully with others to celebrate through eating and drinking, music and dancing. Genuine festivity avoids sinful extremes, because the purpose of its merry making is to give glory to God in thanksgiving for our salvation.

You might be wondering, is this legit? Does God really want us to have a good time in order to honor him during the holiest days of the year? Glad you asked! 

God himself established a cycle of feasts for his people Israel. “Moses declared to the people of Israel the appointed feasts of the Lord,” which included the feasts of Passover, First Fruits, Weeks, Trumpets, Booths, and the Day of Atonement (Lev 23:44). And in case you might be thinking that this is just an Old Testament thing, St. Paul says, “Christ, our paschal lamb, has been sacrificed. Let us, therefore, celebrate the festival” (1 Corinthians 5:7-8). We can see this in practice in Acts of the Apostles: “And day by day, attending the temple together and breaking bread in their homes, they partook of food with glad and generous hearts, praising God and having favor with all the people” (Acts 2:46–47). 

God wants us to be joyful on holy days! Our celebration has to go beyond the walls of the church and into our homes. We need to gather our family and friends together and feast! This will show that we are truly joyful for the great gifts God has given us.

Dr. Staudt holds a Ph.D. in systematic theology from Ave Maria University and B.A. and M.A. in Catholic Studies from the University of St. Thomas (St. Paul, MN). He serves as Director of Content for Exodus and as Visiting Associate Professor at the Augustine Institute in Denver. He was previously the Associate Superintendent for the Archdiocese of Denver. He has founded a Catholic school and served as a DRE in two parishes and as Director of Catholic Studies at the University of Mary. He is the author of How the Eucharist Can Save Civilization (TAN), Restoring Humanity: Essays on the Evangelization of Culture (Divine Providence Press) and The Beer Option: Brewing a Catholic Culture Yesterday & Today (Angelico Press). His editing experience includes six years as the managing editor of the journal Nova et Vetera and the books Renewing Catholic Schools: How to Regain a Catholic Vision in a Secular Age (Catholic Education Press) and The University and the Church: Don J. Briel’s Essays on Education (Cluny Media). 

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