“One week later,” the gospel of John tells us. “One week later” Jesus appears again to the disciples, especially to Thomas who was absent the week before. The church is gathered and suddenly Jesus is there, right in the middle of them.
I am glad that John gives us a “one week later” story. We find ourselves there this week. We find ourselves there often. Something major happens. A moment so big that it is forever etched in our minds. And then…it’s back to normal. Car needs gas. Groceries have to be bought. The family discussion about where to go for vacation, or if we can afford vacation, has to be settled. The same person is in the next office, the same problems are on the desk. One week later….
We live in a “one week later” world. The good news is that Jesus appears one week later (and the week after that).
This Sunday, as we gather on the Second Sunday of Easter, we will begin a new sermon series based on 1 John. The series, “All Loves Excelling,” will invite us to reflect on what Easter means beyond Easter Sunday. We’ll talk about love – God’s and God’s reflected in us – and we’ll talk about living Easter lives in the world of family, work, and play. In short, we’ll spend some time figuring out what all this means “one week later.”
Look forward to seeing you there. You never know who might show up when the church gathers!
Grace and peace.