Today the question of resurrection continues to be on minds of Christians on this the third Sunday following Easter.
How does resurrection play out in our lives for the next 370 days (Easter Sunday April 16, 2017) or is it a once a year event?
In the lectionary reading this week we see Christ’s resurrection played out in the lives of Old Testament people.
Act 9:4 the resurrected Christ speaks directly to Saul and his entire world turns up-side-down so much that thereafter he was known as Paul.
King David in Psalm 30 describes how resurrection changed mourning into joy.
John 21 describes how resurrection astonished Simon, Thomas, Nathanael and others, by teaching them a new way. When all their fishing failed to bring in a single catch the resurrected Christ shows them how to fish anew and their nets were too full to pull in.
How does Christ’s resurrection play out in our lives today?
The answer is just as it did in old testament times!
It surprises us when we turn a corner.
It trips us up when we are distracted by mundane things of life.
It sits on the side of our desks when we are busy with other things patiently waiting for our return.
It disrupts our plans and sets us on new adventures for our God.
It feeds our souls.
It is the newness of life, the creative love of God.
How do we live resurrection?
We live it in joy.
We live it in abundance.
We live it in hope.
We live it through God's love for us.
We live it moment to moment being mindful of God’s love.
We live it welcoming every opportunity to be God’s earthly expression of resurrection love to our communities and family.
We live it by receiving God’s resurrection Love as it is offered to us by others.
So that our souls may praise God always and in all things.
Inspiration for today's post comes from Pastor Juanita Laverty’s Sermon of April 10, 2016
Lectionary scripture verses Acts 9:1-6, (7-20), Psalm 30, Revelation 5:11-14, John 21:1-19