Resources for the 3rd
Sunday of Easter
St. Thomas Day - St. Thomas, the Doubter
"He said to them, "Why are
you frightened, and why do doubts arise in your hearts? Look at my
hands and my feet; see that it is I myself. Touch me and see..."
Call to Worship
Leader: Christ, God’s gift to the world, shall come.
People: For those who feel despair will know hope.
Leader: For those who are oppressed will know freedom
People: For those who are lonely will know love.
Leader: For those who are suffering will know inner peace.
People: O Christ, Lord of the world, your time is now!
All: Fill our hearts with joy!
Why It Matters, Luke 24:36b-48
(see excerpt below)
by Rev. Karen A. Goltz
by Randy L Quinn
By Faith in His Name, Luke 24:36b-48
His Child Forever I am, 1 John 3:1-7
by Rev. Thomas N.
Revelation, Luke 24:36-49
The Cash Value of Forgiveness, Luke 24:36-49
by F. Schaefer
by Lee A. Wyatt
Dying from the Cold Within, Luke 24:36-49, Illustration
Why It Matters
based on Luke 24:36b-48
by Rev. Karen A. Goltz
Christ is risen. He is
risen indeed. So what?
We’ve just come through Lent. We’ve celebrated
the solemnity of Maundy Thursday and we’ve recalled the agony of Good Friday.
We rejoiced at the resurrection on Easter Sunday. Just like we do every year.
So what’s different in your life because of it?
I think in many ways we’ve become too familiar
with the pattern of the church year and the story it tells. Sure, we’re on a
three-year lectionary, each year based on a different gospel, but the gospels
all tell the same story. We hear about expectation of the Coming One at the
beginning of every winter. We hear about Christ’s birth every December. We
hear about the Transfiguration and engage in introspection during Lent every
early spring. We hear about Jesus’ final days, his triumphant entry into
Jerusalem, his final discourse to his disciples, his agony in the garden and on
the cross. Every spring we hear about his miraculous resurrection, followed by
several weeks of his disciples trying to get their minds around this new
reality. Then we hear about the Spirit descending on Pentecost and the birth of
the Christian Church, followed by several months of hearing that year’s gospel
writer’s account of the ministry of Jesus. Then we’re back at Advent, hearing
about the expectation of the Coming One, and we do it all over again, rinse and
repeat, round and round we go.
The disciples were tasked with spreading the
good news to all nations, and they did that so well that we fail to be really
moved or inspired by it anymore. We’re no longer amazed by the shocking twists
and turns, and some of the events even seem a little hokey. I mean, take that
bit about the fish in today’s gospel reading. Who cares if Jesus ate a piece of
fish? Who cares that it was broiled? A nutritionally balanced diet doesn’t
seem to be necessary for maintaining life after the resurrection, so why did
Luke waste the precious ink and paper to include that detail?
Probably because Luke wasn’t writing for a bunch of jaded twenty-first century
Americans. Luke was writing to a community of persecuted believers roughly
a generation after Jesus’ crucifixion. These were people who, like us,
never actually witnessed all the miracles and healings and exorcisms.
These were people who, like us, had only ever heard the story, and who wondered
what difference a story could make in their lives. And Luke wanted them to
understand that this is no mere story. This is real
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