The Butterfly: A Symbol of Easter Resurrection
The metamorphosis of the caterpillar into a butterfly is a symbol of resurrection. During the process of transformation, the chrysalis experiences darkness and constriction inside the cocoon.
A struggle through a tiny opening forces fluid from the body of the butterfly so that it will be free to fly at the right moment. In this painting, the butterfly is letting go, ready to enter a new phase of its life.
We too are like a chrysalis waiting in endless darkness. Easter is about hope that is willing to wait in the darkness while it trusts in transformation. This is expressed by Joyce Rupp in an excerpt of her poem, The Easter Challenge:
Every year cocoons give us their treasures,
And every year
the dull and dead in us
meets our Easter challenge:
to be open to the unexpected,
to believe beyond our security,
to welcome God in every form,
And trust in our own greening.
Sister Betty Lou Knox
Poem from Out of the Ordinary, by Joyce Rupp © 2000
Used by permission of Ave Maria Press. All rights reserved.
Please also see our Easter reflection: A Portal into Love