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18th April 2021

posted 15 Apr 2021, 03:37 by Church Office   [ updated 16 Apr 2021, 04:03 ]
Third Sunday of Easter
Parish Eucharist

Our first reading this week, 1 John 3:1-7, tells us that we are children of God, not because we deserve it but because God loves us. Yet, as children of God we have the chance to become something new, to have our identity shaped; not by the demands of the world (law, payment, justice), but by the spirit of the God of love. As such we will be misunderstood by the world, just as Christ was, yet we are called to be in the world witnessing to the possibility of a new order grounded on love and forgiveness.

This calling is not without its costs, as the disciples perhaps reveal when they are terrified at the appearance of the risen Christ in our gospel reading Luke 24:36-48. The disciples are terrified when Christ appears and shows them the reality of his resurrected body (a body which still bears the wounds of his crucifixion), and is hungry! Just as his resurrected body is not some new and intangible thing, but a transformed continuation of the old earthly body, so the new life he offers is a continuation of our life – all that went before is not discarded but fulfilled. Just as Christ carries in his body both death and life, woundedness and healing, so we are called to work with the mess of life as God seeks to transform it.

1 John 3:1-7

See what love the Father has given us, that we should be called children of God; and that is what we are. The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him. Beloved, we are God’s children now; what we will be has not yet been revealed. What we do know is this: when he is revealed, we will be like him, for we will see him as he is. And all who have this hope in him purify themselves, just as he is pure.

Everyone who commits sin is guilty of lawlessness; sin is lawlessness. You know that he was revealed to take away sins, and in him there is no sin. No one who abides in him sins; no one who sins has either seen him or known him. Little children, let no one deceive you. Everyone who does what is right is righteous, just as he is righteous.

Gospel Reading: Luke 24:36-48

While they were talking about this, Jesus himself stood among them and said to them, “Peace be with you.” They were startled and terrified, and thought that they were seeing a ghost. He said to them, “Why are you frightened, and why do doubts arise in your hearts? Look at my hands and my feet; see that it is I myself. Touch me and see; for a ghost does not have flesh and bones as you see that I have.” And when he had said this, he showed them his hands and his feet. While in their joy they were disbelieving and still wondering, he said to them, “Have you anything here to eat?” They gave him a piece of broiled fish, and he took it and ate in their presence.

Then he said to them, “These are my words that I spoke to you while I was still with you—that everything written about me in the law of Moses, the prophets, and the psalms must be fulfilled.” Then he opened their minds to understand the scriptures, and he said to them, “Thus it is written, that the Messiah is to suffer and to rise from the dead on 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.

Church Office,
15 Apr 2021, 06:33