Easter 2018

Because Jesus lives, therefore...

April 15th, 2018
This week's Gospel reading is from Luke 24:36-48. Luke's Gospel is very similar to last week's Gospel reading, John 20:19-31. This time, the story focuses on the disciples. They are in a locked room and frightened. When their leader died, so did their hopes and dreams of a messiah. But what happens next is hard for them to grasp, at first. For Jesus, who they thought was dead, now appears to them and says, "Peace be with you." They think they have seen a ghost. How can this be and why is asking for something to eat? But ghosts don't eat, which means he must be alive. Jesus knows their thoughts and reassures them that they need not be troubled. And troubled, they no longer are. Their fear quickly turns into joy. Their joy comes from knowing that the Messiah lives! Sometimes we experience a joy like this and we feel the burning desire to share our good news. This is exactly what the disciples felt and did. Once frightened, and now strengthened by the good news, the disciples boldly go out and proclaim Jesus is alive!
We all need peace and joy in our lives. Listen to Fr. Mark explain how that is possible for you to experience the same joy they did . Peace be with you.


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