Today my sisters and I made a trip to the store to find Easter outfits for my mom and Yaviel, who as of then did not have anything to wear. Our shop was successful and we returned home with very nice outfits for both of them. Later on, while ironing the boy's shirts and our dresses, my mom made the comment "Well, I guess it's time for my annual depression on how hardly anyone seems to get dressed up for Easter."
She went on to say that someone we knew had asked her why we were getting new outfits, after all "it's not a fashion show."
I want to say that, they are right. It's not a fashion show. And if you buy a new outfit or get dressed up on Easter just to make a fashion statement, then you sure have your priorities mixed up.
But what is wrong about putting in a little extra effort to get dressed up for Easter? Easter is the holiest day of the year; it is the day that Our Lord rose after having sacrificed everything to save us, the day He conquered over death once and for all, the day He gave us the promise and the hope of Heaven with Him for eternity after we die. And yet people show up to Mass in their blue jeans and t-shirts or outfits that they would wear just every day. Somehow, those same people would get dressed up for a wedding and spend money without hesitating for a new outfit. Christ did so much for us, how is it we can't even muster up the effort to dress up for Him?
To me that is just flat out ungrateful. Now I understand that everyone can't go and buy a new outfit for Easter, due to limited funds and all that. Not everyone in my family was able to get a new outfit this year, and we even bought a few from the thrift store. But we are making the effort to get dressed up more than we usually do. We aren't just wearing our everyday clothes.
I am not trying to make my family sound all high and mighty or holier than thou, but quite frankly I don't care who you are, or what your situation in life is, everyone has the means to get a little fancier than their normal fare. So you don't have enough money to buy a new outfit. Pick out the nicest outfit you have and dress it up with a cute hairstyle and beautiful jewelry, maybe even a little make-up. Guy, take the time to iron your shirts. If you do have the money for a new outfit - you can find great things at thrift stores for only a few dollars - than make the effort to get one.
Isn't dressing up a whole lot easier than suffering through the Crucifixion and rising from the dead? Isn't God worth it? Doesn't He deserve it?
So what are you wearing for Easter?