Thursday in Easter Week
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“Thus it is written, that the Messiah is to suffer and to rise from the dead the third day, and that repentance and forgiveness of sins is to be proclaimed in his name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem. You are witnesses of these things.” (Luke 24:36-38)
Have you ever received a subpoena to testify before a judge? Most of us haven’t but all of us have probably seen one delivered on television. Based on that limited sample, it seems to me that most of recipients of subpoenas go out of their way to avoid being served.
I wonder if maybe that is not also how the apostles and disciples felt when Jesus appeared to them and told them that they were being sent forth as witnesses to his resurrection. Even if they were thrilled and energized by his return to them after the resurrection, they were probably also glad for the opportunity to let things in their lives return to some semblance of the normal. That, of course, did not happen. The subpoena was served, and they set out to testify. And thus, the Church was born.
We, too, may be tempted to let the excitement of Easter begin to wane in our hearts as the hours and days of the season pass. But we dare not. The message of Easter is not confined to one hour, day, or season. It is a permanent reality in the world, and we are witnesses. From the moment of Jesus’ resurrection, Easter is the new “normal”.
Let your life, today and always, be a testimony to the saving love and grace of God in Christ. Go forth to all the “nations” of your life proclaiming and rejoicing in the Good News.
Alleluia, Christ is risen!