Message of the Week

Reflections from the March 27 Gospel

Luke 24:1-12
Peter was unique in his response to the news of Jesus’ resurrection. The other apostles disregarded the reports from the women who had seen the empty tomb because “their story seemed like nonsense.” But Peter took action. He got up and ran to see the evidence and “went home amazed at what had happened.”
On this Easter day, we have a choice to make. We too have heard a remarkable report. We have been told that two thousand years ago, a man named Jesus defeated death and rose from the grave. To many people in today’s world, this sounds like nonsense, just like it did when it first happened. Some try to spiritualize the miracle, suggesting that it is a story that is meant to symbolize the power of God, but whether Jesus actually rose from the dead is irrelevant. But it was not the Crucifixion that brought confidence to the early followers of Christ; it was the Resurrection. This momentous event has always made all the difference! We will only water down our faith if we reduce Easter to anything other than a true miracle. This Easter, may we experience the great joy of new life in the risen Christ.

Questions of the Week

Luke 24:1-12:
What do you find most striking in
Luke’s account of the empty tomb?
Acts 10:34a, 37-43:
How do you see Peter’s speech as an effective summary of the Christian good news?
1 Corinthians 5:6b-8:
What do you like about Paul’s metaphor of yeast and leaven with the life of a Christian?