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Sunday Reflection for April 19, 2015 Third Sunday of Easter
Acts of the Apostles 3:13-15, 17-19 The ignorance of the guilty leads to a second chance to hear the truth and to repent. Psalm 4:2, 4, 7-8, 9 The light of God shines on those who welcome the divine presence. 1 John 2:1-5a The first generation of church writes to us to keep us from sin. Luke 24:35-48 The Resurrection cannot be doubted, as it continues to break into the gathered church.
Last week we heard the story of Thomas, who couldn’t accept second-hand accounts of the Resurrection. And many of us sympathize, because it’s hard to believe things outside of the ordinary when we see them with our own eyes, much less when we hear the reports from outside sources. Especially if we know the sources to be shaky and occasionally unreliable. That’s how Thomas viewed Peter, James, Andrew, and the lot of them: as faulty witnesses. As cowards like himself ...
In Luke’s gospel, an effect of the Resurrection is that the Risen One opens the eyes of his disciples to see how the scripture they’d always known had all along been pointing to Jesus and his Resurrection. For Jesus and the early believers, what we know as the Hebrew scriptures were the only texts they knew. But now, having come to believe in what God had done in Christ, those scriptures take on new richness and meaning. Having walked closely with Jesus since Ash Wednesday, have you felt yourself drawn deeper into your own life by the ancient stories of Lent and Easter? Have you come to see how God has been with you every step of the way? How does the Resurrection continue to change you?
Today's readings:Acts 3:13-15, 17-19; 1 John 2:1-5a; Luke 24:35-48 (47).
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