Reading and Prayer – Monday, April 18

This week’s Guest Contributor is Erika Flemming. We are grateful for the readings she has selected and the prayers she has composed.

Luke 24:1-12

24 On the first day of the week, very early in the morning, the women took the spices they had prepared and went to the tomb. They found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they entered, they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. While they were wondering about this, suddenly two men in clothes that gleamed like lightning stood beside them. In their fright the women bowed down with their faces to the ground, but the men said to them, “Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here; he has risen! Remember how he told you, while he was still with you in Galilee: ‘The Son of Man must be delivered over to the hands of sinners, be crucified and on the third day be raised again.’ ” Then they remembered his words.

When they came back from the tomb, they told all these things to the Eleven and to all the others. 10 It was Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Mary the mother of James, and the others with them who told this to the apostles.11 But they did not believe the women, because their words seemed to them like nonsense. 12 Peter, however, got up and ran to the tomb. Bending over, he saw the strips of linen lying by themselves, and he went away, wondering to himself what had happened.

Prayer:

Oh God, may we grow and stretch to be able to withstand the things of God that seem, at first, as “nonsense” to us. May we be open to the teaching of the Holy Spirit. May we have the strength and the courage to truly believe the Good News that is so very good.

Lord, when you call us to new things, strange things, unusual things: help us to be prepared and ready. May they seem entirely “sensical” to us! Magnify our minds and hearts and help us to know that what is strange and odd to us is not so to You. 

Thank you, God of supernatural power. Amen.

-Erika Flemming