The surprise of Easter is that Jesus is alive, resurrected from the dead! Jesus' best friends are amazed--and yet, have some questions and wonderings about this. How about you? What do you wonder about? Jesus doesn't scold the disciples for their questions, but patiently invites them to watch and see.
Gospel reading: Luke 24:36b-48
Ever felt like your whole world has come crashing down around you? That's where the disciples are on Easter evening....and they've locked themselves in the house because they're so worried and scared. What happens next is pretty remarkable!
Gospel reading: John 20:-19-21
The women approach Jesus' grave, wondering who will roll away the grave stone for them, as they have brought spices to anoint his body. To their amazement the stone is rolled away...and they learn even more amazing news. Jesus is risen from the dead! But what will they do with this amazing news? Maybe what we least expect.
Gospel reading: Mark 16:1-8
What does it mean to love one another? How do we begin to show love? Jesus gives us some clues as on this night, before he is arrested with the help of a disciple Judas, he washes the feet of his friends, his disciples.
Gospel reading: John 13:12-34
Why does Jesus choose to ride a donkey on Palm Sunday? A horse would certainly be more majestic; a camel would imply being part of wealthy caravan; even an ibex has a hint of the exotic. But a stubborn, independent, homely creature? What does Jesus choice say about him and about us?
Gospel reading: Mark 11:1-11
What do you know by heart? In this 5th Old Testament covenant, God promises to give the people a different way to understand the divine. God will write the holy law in their hearts, and they can choose to live together in harmony and peace.
Have you ever asked God for help in a time of trouble? Here, the Israelites leaving Egypt are in a bad situation. They are surrounded by poisonous snakes, that they believe are a consequence of their grumbling against God. God promises that if they look on a bronze serpent Moses created, that they will live. Jesus references this story, comparing himself to this bronze snake. As Jesus is lifted up on the cross, people can look to him and be saved from sin.
Old Testament reading: Numbers 21:4-9
Gospel reading: John 3:14-21
What does it mean to live together in community? How do we keep families functional? Workplaces healthy? The 3rd of God's covenant promises to us is found in our Old Testament reading, as we hear God's 10 commandments. Exodus 20:1-17