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Intro:  In Lent, the Sundays are in Lent, not of Lent.  Lent is a somber, penitential time.  Sundays IN Lent are always the Day of Jesus Christ’s Resurrection and so are not of Lent:  the Sundays are never counted in the 40 days of Lent.  In fact, Sundays are never considered penitential and  a  time of fasting.   In contrast, the Sundays at this time of the Church Year are always OF Easter, of His Resurrection as He appeared for 40 days on earth, then on the 40th Day ascended and the disciples waited 10 days for Pentecost, the 50th Day after Passover and the Resurrection:  the Bright Season.  According to long-time practice, each Sunday of Easter has a name, in Latin(of course!) from the Scripture passage traditionally assigned for that Sunday.  It seems only The 4th Sunday of Easter is of newer vintage:  Good Shepherd Sunday and the Gospel reading is always from John 10.   Here are the names of

 the Sundays of Easter, then a comment on this coming Sunday’s theme, Quasimodogeniti Sunday:

May 1, Easter 2, Quasi Modo Geniti

May 8, Easter 3, Misericordias Domini

May 15, Easter 4, Good Shepherd

May 22, Easter 5, Cantate

May 29, Easter 6, Rogate

June 5,  Easter 7, Exaudi

May 1, Easter 2, Quasi Modo Geniti

Note:  Quasimodo is the name of the deformed bell-ringer in Victor Hugo’s novel, The Hunchback of Notre Dame–Pr. Schroeder

Yesterday. the first Sunday after Easter, is traditionally known, primarily in France and other parts of Europe, as “Quasimodo Sunday” because of the beginning words of the Introit which come from 1 Peter 2:2,3: Quasi modo geniti infantes, rationabile, sine dolo lac concupiscite ut in eo crescatis in salutem si gustastis quoniam dulcis Dominus, which in English is: Like newborn infants, long for the pure spiritual milk, that by it you may grow up into salvation— 3if indeed you have tasted that the Lord is good. (1 Peter 2: 1-3:  From the Epistle Lesson for Lutherans, 5th Sunday of Easter–Pr. Schroeder) It is used in the context of this particular Sunday to refer to the newly baptized at Easter as well as applying generally to all of us.  

I  first read Hunchback in the 10th grade, and it has always been one of my favorite books, and now that I understand the Easter connection better, I can understand the figure of the Hunchback, named after the Sunday on which he was found, much better than I did then. Victor Hugo’s story is a tale of redemption in the face of corruption, the sublime versus the grotesque. While the world prided itself on being beautiful on the outside, yet was bitter and ugly on the inside, only Quasimodo, the disfigured hunchback in Hugo’s story, understood the value, and the pain, of being inwardly transformed in the innocent loving of others. (From: Ad Altare Dei)

Once again, the Lord describes His Word through his prophets and apostles as physical and spiritual sustenance (in 1 Peter, the Word as milk) to keep alive in the Holy Spirit our lives risen and hid in Christ Jesus (see 1st Lesson for Easter: The Resurrection of our Lord, see  Colossians 3:1-3  and in addition, Colossians 2:11-13).  We eat and imbibe so much of the junk food of the world, that fills but never satisfies.  His Word alone sustains us in this world to live as He has called us.

The movie clip below is from the classic, Hunchback of Notre Dame, starring Maureen O’Hara as Esmeralda and the great Charles Laughton as Quasimodo.  Just watch the first three minutes or so (FWIW:  I was hooked for the whole segment):  What are the differences between the gypsy, Esmeralda and all the other prayers being spoken?  How is Esmeralda like Quasimodo?

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