Faith Daily | 8 April 2021
PRAYER of the DAY - EASTER
you have conquered death
through your dearly beloved Son Jesus Christ
and opened to us the gate of everlasting life:
grant us by your grace to set our mind on things above,
so that by your continual help
our whole life may be transformed;
through Jesus Christ our Lord,
who is alive and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit
in everlasting glory.
GOSPEL for the Day: Luke 24: 35-48
35Then they told what had happened on the road, and how he had been made known to them in the breaking of the bread.
36 While they were talking about this, Jesus himself stood among them and said to them, ‘Peace be with you.’* 37They were startled and terrified, and thought that they were seeing a ghost. 38He said to them, ‘Why are you frightened, and why do doubts arise in your hearts? 39Look at my hands and my feet; see that it is I myself. Touch me and see; for a ghost does not have flesh and bones as you see that I have.’ 40And when he had said this, he showed them his hands and his feet. 41While in their joy they were disbelieving and still wondering, he said to them, ‘Have you anything here to eat?’ 42They gave him a piece of broiled fish, 43and he took it and ate in their presence.
44 Then he said to them, ‘These are my words that I spoke to you while I was still with you—that everything written about me in the law of Moses, the prophets, and the psalms must be fulfilled.’ 45Then he opened their minds to understand the scriptures, 46and he said to them, ‘Thus it is written, that the Messiah is to suffer and to rise from the dead on the third day, 47and that repentance and forgiveness of sins is to be proclaimed in his name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem. 48You are witnesses of these things.
GOSPEL Reflection: Contributed by Rev'd Jonathan
Today’s passage follows straight on from the famous Emmaus episode, where the two disciples recognized the resurrected Jesus in the breaking of the bread.
When the disciples return to Jerusalem, they have another direct experience of Jesus, and this time there is emphasis on their being able to touch him and watch him eat, so it is clear this is no ghost story. The physical, tangible nature of the risen Jesus is brought out here and elsewhere in the New Testament (e.g. John 20:27, 1 John 1:1), clearly in response to those who had their doubts and needed more hard facts about what had happened.
The message Jesus delivers next is important: that the message of repentance and forgiveness is to be proclaimed in Jesus’ name to all nations.
As we travel now from Easter to Pentecost, we shall follow the Acts of the Apostles (sometimes thought of as “Luke Part II”) in the Sunday lectionary and we shall see how the disciples did indeed take the Gospel from Jerusalem to Rome and from Rome to the world.
FINAL PRAYER: Brother Roger of Taize
you are united to every human being
Still more, risen from the dead,
you come to heal the secret wound
of our soul.
And for each of us there opens the gates
of an infinite goodness of heart.
Through such love,
little by little
our hearts are changed.