The First Reading was Acts 3:12-19. The Israelites had difficulty understanding how Peter and the Apostles could heal someone. Peter tries to explain to them how they rejected and crucified Jesus because they didn’t believe he was the true Christ. Peter uses this opportunity to tell them about how Jesus had fulfilled the prophesies in the scriptures of being the Messiah. It was Christ who gave them the power to heal. He begged them to repent and believe in Jesus Christ as the Messiah who could wipe out their sins.
The Second Reading was 1 John 3:1-7. John tells the people how the Father loves them and if they believe in him, they are considered children of God. When Christ is revealed, we will be like him and see him as he really is.
The Gospel of Luke 24:36-48 was read by Reverend Frnka. Jesus appears to the disciples after his resurrection and says to them, “Peace be with you.” He shows them his hands and feet and even eats with them to prove that he has truly been resurrected. Jesus tells them how he has fulfilled the law of Moses, the prophets, and the psalms. He helps them to understand the scriptures and be witnesses to his resurrection so that they can tell others as eye witnesses, not just rumor.
Reverend Frnka focused on the fact of how important it was to believe that Christ arose from the dead. The witnesses were the women who went to the tomb the next morning to complete the burial ritual with spices. They found him gone and his clothing was lying in the tomb. The disciples did not want to believe them, so they went to see for themselves. Jesus also walked with two of the apostles along the road to Emmaus and talked with them. Then Jesus appeared to the disciples in a closed room and let them feel his hands and feet and then ate something. Jesus wants them to fully understand that he was resurrected bodily and was not a ghost. The concept was very difficult for the disciples, but Jesus continued to teach them give them understanding.
The bodily resurrection gives Christians hope that there is something there above what we could ever do. It teaches us that we are not done at death. We now live in a time of transformation as we journey to the eternal life with God. Accept the reality of the resurrection and do not limit your hope.
Next Sunday is a Fifth Sunday celebration for the Partners in Ministry churches and will be held at Grace Church, Port Lavaca, at 11 a.m. St. Matthew’s will have a short Morning Prayer service at 9 a.m. and then those who wish to attend the Fifth Sunday celebration will travel together to Port Lavaca. It will include a pot luck lunch there after the service.