Reading and Prayer – Thursday, April 21

Luke 24:36-43

36 While they were still talking about this, Jesus himself stood among them and said to them, “Peace be with you.”

37 They were startled and frightened, thinking they saw a ghost. 38 He said to them, “Why are you troubled, and why do doubts rise in your minds?39 Look at my hands and my feet. It is I myself! Touch me and see; a ghost does not have flesh and bones, as you see I have.”

40 When he had said this, he showed them his hands and feet. 41 And while they still did not believe it because of joy and amazement, he asked them, “Do you have anything here to eat?” 42 They gave him a piece of broiled fish,43 and he took it and ate it in their presence.

Prayer:

Thank you Jesus, that you will go to great lengths to show us the plain truth: you are the Resurrected Son of God. You don’t mind humbling yourself; you patiently bear with us. In fact, it is quite evident that you love us dearly and that you don’t mind taking pains to help us see you more clearly.

How wonderful it is that we have You. How wonderful that you are contented with broiled fish as a proof of the Resurrection. May we be contented with the glimmers of your Resurrection that are given to us each day: in the answered prayers, in the peace that can only come from you in times of struggle, in the fresh mercies of each morning, in the return of spring, in the kindness of our brothers and sisters, in the sanctified change we see in ourselves. 

Amen.

-Erika Flemming