Sunday, April 27, 2014

Resurrection Grace

Lord Christ, 

I hear your post-resurrection message:
Peace be with you.

And I see a pattern, a template for the faithful. 

There was consolation for Mary.
Woman, why are you crying?

There was no scolding of the disciples' cowardice.
Receive the Holy Spirit. 

There was patience with Thomas' doubts. Again,
Peace be with you.

There was hospitality for the disciples at the shore.
Come and have some breakfast. 

There was no rebuke of Peter's betrayals.
Feed my sheep.

And there's both query and call for the faithful.
Do you love me?
Take care of my sheep.
Follow me.
You must follow me.

May it be so!
In the name and power of
God the Father,
God the Son,
God the Spirit,