Cycle B

Good News B22

Third Sunday of Easter

 

Luke 24:35-48 New American Bible

Luke 24:35-48 Bible Gateway New International Version

 

“Touch me and see, because a ghost does not have flesh and bones

as you can see I have."

 

Imagine today if you and a friend are walking along Easter morning down the main street of your town not far from your home.  A man you do not recognize starts walking along with you.  He has heard a few words of what you are talking about and wants to know more. You tell him that you thought Jesus was going to the one to redeem Israel.  Instead they crucified him, and buried him.  It has been 3 days and it was reported to you that his tomb is empty. 

Jesus stops you and tells you the stories from the scriptures that predicted what was to come about for the people of Israel to be saved.  Then you and your friend invite this man into your home and share bread with him.  He blessed it, broke it and gave it to you.  When he did this, you knew it was Jesus.  You were so excited, you ran to tell the eleven apostles.  You hurry right to their secret hideout...the upper room.  You knock 3 times, then pause then knock 3 times again to get in the room.  You and your friend tell the apostles about Jesus walking along with you and explaining the scriptures to you.  Some of them do not seem to be believing you at all, when Jesus appears in the middle of the room. 

Would you recognize Jesus as truly alive with real body, skin and bones?  Or would you think he might be a ghost that you can see through.  Do you know why he died on the cross?  He died and rose from the dead so that your sins could be forgiven. 

When you are walking along the streets of your life, Jesus is walking along with you.  If you ask him, he will explain who he is and how much he loves you.  He will break bread with you.  He will forgive your sins as you forgive the sins of others. He will ask the Holy Spirit to come to you and help give you the gift of understanding, knowledge, love and peace. He will bless your life and help you to recognize him in the people you see around you.  He has said what you do for others, you are truly doing for him.  Each of us is made in the image of God.  When we do good things for others, we make ourselves more Godly.  When we do good, others can see more of God, the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit in us.  When we do evil, we are disguising the goodness within us.  But, it is still there.  God in his almighty mercy will forgive us and remove the disguise so that our goodness shines for all to see.

Pray that all the fearful people you meet in your life be filled with the peace of Christ. Pray that all the people you meet in your life will always have bread to break with their family and friends. Pray that all the people you meet in your life will always help you stay close to God and the path he has chosen for you.

Say the “Our Father” to show God you love him.  Ask God to help you share the peace he has given to you with others.  Share your walk with Jesus Christ with others by choosing to do good for your family and friends. 

 

“Our Father, who art in Heaven,

Hallowed be Thy name.

Thy kingdom come.

Thy will be done,

On earth as it is in heaven.

Give us this day, our daily bread.

And forgive us our trespasses,

As we forgive those who trespass against us.

And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.  Amen.

 

 

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