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April 28, 2014, 4:48 PM

Musing on Easter lections


Many of our readings in this first part of the Easter season highlight how truly seeing something can lead to inner conviction, followed by profound change in our lives.  This past Sunday, this was the case in the classic account of the apostle Thomas' encounter with the risen Lord.  This coming Sunday, the same theme applies.  In the reading from Acts, Peter intends for his fellow Israelites to see, as he has, the truth of the gospel:  " . . . let the entire house of Israel know with certainty that God has made him [Jesus] both Lord and Messiah . . . ." (2:36)  According to Luke (the author of Acts), his audience's eyes were opened.  They were "cut to the heart" by Peter's message.  When they asked Peter what they should do, he said they should repent, be baptized, and receive the Holy Spirit.  Once again, as with Thomas, profound change came from seeing the truth and being inwardly convinced.

This coming Sunday's gospel also seems to bear out this theme.  Disciples walking toward Emmaus on Easter afternoon at first do not recognize the risen Christ when he joins them.  It was only after Jesus had opened up the scriptures to them and had blessed and broken bread with them that "their eyes were opened" and they saw the truth.  Looking back on the day, they reflected that their hearts had indeed burned within them "while he was talking to us on the road, while he was opening the scriptures to us."  Inner conviction came with the breaking of the bread (they "saw").  Then they knew joy beyond anything they had experienced before and their lives were forever changed.

Perhaps on Sunday I'll preach about how God lures us, one way or another, into seeing the truth and allowing our lives to be turned around, based on that truth.

 


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