The Fourth Sunday of Easter
April 17, 2016
Themes:Through Christ, we are able to do more than we could in our own strength, just as Peter worked a miracle in Joppa (Acts 9:36-43). The Lord is our shepherd (Rev 7:9-17); he takes care of all our needs (Ps 23) and offers us eternal life, if we listen to his voice and follow him (Jn 10:22-30).
–Thomas Oden in Ancient Christian Devotional
“It was winter,” and they were chilled because they were slow to approach that divine fire. For to approach is to believe: the one who believes, approaches; the one who denies, moves away. The soul is not moved by the feet but by the affections. They had become icy cold to the sweetness of loving him, and they burned with the desire of doing him an injury. They were far away, while there beside him. -St. Augustine
Easter hope is ripe with new possibilities and practices...illuminated bodies, burning hearts, and broken bread. Theses weeks of Eastertide highlight the joy, mystery, and power of the resurrected Christ and the promise of New Creation. Wonder and surprise mark the disciples experience during these days before Christ's ascension.