The Readings for the day were Acts 2:14a, 36-41; Psalm 116: 1-3, 10-17; 1 Peter 1:17-23; and the Holy Gospel of Luke 24:13-35. The Readings related how Christ was destined to die for our sins and his resurrection was to give us hope for life with God after our earthly death. The message taught repentance, baptism, and living a life of love for one another.
Reverend Gooch began his sermon with “Alleluia, Christ is risen!” Then he went on to ask the question, “What now? What are we to do?” God tells us what to do. The scriptures say to repent and be baptized for the forgiveness of sins and receive the Holy Spirit. The promise of eternal life is for everyone.
Repent of your sins and get in touch with God through baptism. It is the beginning of a new Christian life. The Holy Spirit lives in us and in the Church. That is why it is important to frequently renew your baptismal vows.
Most of us have done this. It will help you get further in your relationship with God and doing his will.
God is there if you listen and respond to him. When you feel you are stalling, continue steadfastly. His help is in his teachings, fellowship, breaking of bread, and prayers. Be firmly fixed in place. The Church can offer what you need through the Holy Scriptures, communion services, and praying together. When the two disciples were on their walk to Emmaus, they met Jesus and they questioned him and listened to his teachings. Then they even invited him to stay with them. At first they didn’t recognize him, but they befriended him any way. When they finally realized it was Jesus, He vanished. They were so humbled to have been with the risen Lord. “They told what had happened on the road, and how He had been made known to them in the breaking of bread.”
Christians can continue steadfastly serving Christ through repentance, baptism, the Eucharist, and living out the Word in our daily lives.