When I was growing up, whenever bad times and struggles came, my older sister would remind me that “The Third Day always comes.” It doesn’t always come on the third day but the hope of Easter acknowledges not that Jesus WAS risen, but that he IS risen. The Christ Spirit is present in our lives. We can look for it in moments of generosity, care, compassion, honesty, kindness, concern, and tenderness. And we can respond in the same way. This is not the same kind of celebration as Palm Sunday. It doesn’t mean that everything will be perfect. In the time of Jesus, the Romans remained in control. There was still resistance and struggle from political and religious authorities. There was still corruption.
But there was another Spirit that was in control and unbroken, in spite of all this. Love won the day and the centuries.
We do not need to be together physically in a church to acknowledge and affirm, celebrate and manifest that He is Risen Indeed.