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Luke 24:36-49: Aftermath – Part I

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The eleven enter into the fullness of the Easter message thanks to their encounter with the resurrected Jesus.  They discover through him the profound meaning of the Scriptures and he sends them into the world as witnesses to preach conversion and the forgiveness of sins for all.  For this enormous work, the disciples encounter the Spirit as told in the first chapter of Acts.  (La Biblia 1595)

The Easter story is at once both beautiful and burdensome.  It is the news we long to hear: we are saved.  It is the work we often feel unable to accomplish: we fear that we are not up to the work because of our own under-nourishment or lack of faith, hope or charity.  In our dual state, we might cling to the words of Jesus recorded by Matthew (10:22)You will be hated by all because of my name, but whoever endures to the end will be saved.

This is not the aftermath we expected.  This is not the result we anticipated from the unfolding of the Good News.  We were thinking that obstacles might become stepping stones, that hands might be held, wounds cured, scars healed.  We were hoping that dark spirits might dissipate, cruel forces fall away.  We were anticipating that the light might come to the world in fullness.

Tomorrow,  aftermath . . . just as we suspected . . .

LA BIBLIA DE LA AMÉRICA. 8th. Madrid: La Casa de la Biblia, 1994. Print.

A favorite from April 28, 2009.



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