Acts 9:1-6 (7-20)
The Third Sunday of Easter
April 10, 2016
Themes: Just as Saul heard the voice of the Lord in the road to Damascus, was blinded and then regained his sight (Acts 9: 1-6), so we who turn from our sins and follow the Lord find joy and healing (Ps 30). Because we love and trust God’s Son, who became man and dwelled among us (Jn 21:1-19),
we offer him all praises and glory (Rev 5:11-14).
–Thomas Oden in Ancient Christian Devotional
Today (April 4) marks The Annunciation of Our Lord in the western calendar. In the eastern calendar this feast day took place on March 25th, which was Good Friday in the western calendar. It was a rare (and beautiful) liturgical event for these two days to coincide. Read about the significance here and here.
"I will exalt you, Lord, for you lifted
me out of the depths and did not let my enemies gloat over me.
Lord my God, I called to you for help,and you healed me.
You, Lord, brought me up from the realm of the dead; you spared me from going down to the pit..."
"Feed “my” sheep; he did not say “yours,” did he? Feed, good servant, the Lord’s sheep that bear the Lord’s brand. After all, was Paul crucified for you, or were you baptized in the name of Peter and Paul? So feed his sheep, washed in his baptism, sealed in his name, redeemed with his blood. “Feed,” he says,“my sheep."
"Songs for the Season" Eastertide Spotify Playlists
Easter hope is ripe with possibilities and practices...illuminated bodies, burning hearts, and broken bread. Theses coming weeks highlight the joy and mystery of Jesus appearance on the road to Emmaus and his breakfast with disciples on the shore of Galilee. This newly released album from Seattle collective Coastland Commonshighlights these stories and beckons toward deeper reflection.