Archives for April 2016
A week later and, in one reading (John 20:19-31), not a lot seems to have changed. The disciples, who have by now seen the risen Christ, are still sitting in that same room. Some among them – alright one of them, Thomas – still challenges what the others have seen. There is not a lot in the Gospel of John on the Second Sunday of Easter that inspires confidence that this group will get it together.
On the other hand, there is the reading from Acts (Acts 5:27-32). Peter, who can’t seem to do or say anything right before Easter and Pentecost, is suddenly standing in front of the authorities and telling them he will not obey them if it means disobeying God. And then, he starts preaching. Where did that come from?
As we said last Sunday, resurrection changes things and creates something new. It doesn’t just rework who we are, it fashions us into who God intends us to be. One of the gifts of that change is a new boldness – a holy boldness the Book of Acts calls it. A courage to be and do and say the things God calls us to be and do and say regardless of what others think, regardless of the consequence, because we are to “obey God rather than any human authority.” That may get us into trouble. Or we may become the troublemakers. But we’ll be in good company because we’ll be keeping company with the risen Christ and his band of troublemakers.
I hope to see you Sunday, on week two, as we discover a new courage and continue to celebrate resurrection.
Grace and peace.