April 25, 2019
for Sunday, April 28
The texts for [Sunday] explore what it means to be a witness: the power of seeing and experiencing the resurrection firsthand. For those of us who weren’t there in person to witness Christ’s death, resurrection, and ascension, a question persists: How do we give witness? How have we experienced Easter firsthand? What do we need to see, to touch, to hear in order to believe?
The witness given in our readings [Sunday] is extraordinary. “Doubting” Thomas comes up with one of the most powerful, concise creeds in all of scripture: “My Lord and my God!” (John 20:28). Peter and the apostles affirm their belief in Christ at great risk to themselves and their families. The Spirit is at work, giving ordinary, doubting people extraordinary boldness to declare the core beliefs of Christian faith. God works in surprising ways, through unexpected people, to share the good news of Easter. With the Spirit’s help, we can give witness too.
In her book Christianity After Religion: The End of Church and the Birth of a New Spiritual Awakening (San Francisco: HarperOne, 2013), Diana Butler Bass suggests a reversal in the idea that believing leads to belonging. In reality, she says, people do not first believe, then behave in certain ways, and finally belong to a faith community. Instead, as Thomas exemplifies well, the order should be reversed, with people first finding a sense of belonging, and then adopting certain practices because of that belonging, and, finally, through those practices coming to believe. Butler Bass writes, “We belong to God and to one another, connected to all in a web of relationships. . . . We behave in imitation of Jesus, practicing our faith with deliberation. . . . We believe with our entire being, trusting . . . the God whom we have encountered through one another and in the world. We are; we act; we know” (p. 214).
19When it was evening on that day, the first day of the week, and the doors of the house where the disciples had met were locked for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you.” 20After he said this, he showed them his hands and his side. Then the disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord. 21Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you.” 22When he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit. 23If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained.”
24But Thomas (who was called the Twin), one of the twelve, was not with them when Jesus came. 25So the other disciples told him, “We have seen the Lord.” But he said to them, “Unless I see the mark of the nails in his hands, and put my finger in the mark of the nails and my hand in his side, I will not believe.”
26A week later his disciples were again in the house, and Thomas was with them. Although the doors were shut, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you.” 27Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here and see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it in my side. Do not doubt but believe.” 28Thomas answered him, “My Lord and my God!” 29Jesus said to him, “Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have come to believe.”
30Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of his disciples, which are not written in this book. 31But these are written so that you may come to believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that through believing you may have life in his name.
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Projects available for adoption include:
• Painting the interior of Cabin 5/6
• Replacing the windows in Cabin 9
• Wood cutting and splitting
• Spring gardening and raking
• Trail clearing
• Pressure washing
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Lake Chautauqua Lutheran Center
5013 Rt. 430
Bemus Point, NY 14712
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▪ for victims of violence and their families in all places.
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