“When one has the opportunity to do a mitzvah, you should not delay.”
Chametz, leavened dough, takes time to rise and it is therefore ascribed with time wasted. Yet Chazal offer insight to avoid this problem,
“Those who are eager to perform mitzvot will be given the opportunity to do so.” One should perform mitzvot without procrastination. This eagerness is represented by the matzah which is produced quickly as its dough does not rise. The matzah indicates the way Bnei Yisrael should perform mitzvot. These messages regarding the mitzvoth are based on the text of the Torah as it records the exodus from Egypt,
“And you shall observe the feast of unleavened bread, for in this day have I have brought your hosts out of the land of Egypt, therefore you shall observe this day throughout your generations by an ordinance forever.” (Shmot 12:17). Rashi quotes a Midrash on this Passuk,
"Rabbi Yoshiya says one should watch over the mitzvot. Just like we do
not delay the processing of the dough for matza, we should not
delay our process of fulfilling a mitzvah. Hence, if one is afforded with the opportunity to perform a mitzvah he should do so without delay”.
Chazal recognized the hardships we would face and they provided us with the means to confront them.
Pesach celebrates our freedom yet we currently find ourselves in
the Diaspora. The exile in Egypt was only a sign of what would come. Bnei Yisrael would face much adversity and persecution would become part of the arduous journey of the Jew. When we reinforce our commitment to mitzvoth on a personal level we enable national redemption.
Leshana Habaa BeYerushalayim