Reflections for Palm Sunday and Easter, 2013

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March 31

Luke 24:1–12

“But these words seemed to them an idle tale, and they did not believe them.” (Luke 24:11)

Imagine that no one believed the story of Easter. It may be hard to imagine, and yet there are many who – for a wide variety of reasons – do not believe the story of the Resurrection. Does that matter? Do we need to believe the historic tale, or are we able to experience the risen Christ present in our lives and our world, and know that resurrection happened, even if we do not really know how?

March 24 Luke 22:14—23:56

“When the hour came, he took his place at the table, and the apostles with him.” (Luke 22:14)

The reading of the passion narrative on this day begins in an orderly and appropriate fashion. When it was time, Jesus gathered with his disciples. The story can seem predictable. And yet for all the predictability we read the story again year after year, and marvel at the selflessness of Jesus, prepared to stop at nothing – not even death – to proclaim God’s unconditional and never-ending love. As you read the passion story from Luke, pause and notice things that surprise you.

(Seasons of the Spirit™ Wood Lake Publishing)

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