Touché March 30, 2018
Posted on March 30, 2018 by under Touché,

Easter is the Answer

They were saying, “The Lord has risen indeed, and he has appeared to Simon!” Then they told what had happened on the road, and how he had been made known to them in the breaking of the bread.”   (Luke 24:34-35)

This Easter we share in communion.  It is the first day of the week and the first Sunday of the month, so, as is our tradition, we share in communion.  There was some discussion of whether we should do this with the numbers and the Hallelujah Chorus and all; should we put it off another week?  As we discussed it we said there could not be a better day to share in The Lord’s Supper.  The disciples discovered on the walk to Emmaus it was in the breaking of the bread that he was made known to them.  Interestingly, it was not Jesus teaching on the road, or his resurrected body walking with them that opened their eyes. It was the simple act of a meal together that reminded them of his Thursday night meal-then their eyes were open.  This maintains the mystery and mundane of what is communion.  Jesus took the most basic elements of bread and wine and made them holy.   It is in seeing the sacred in the simple things before us every day that we see the presence of God.

This Sunday we come to the conclusion of our Lenten series on “the Big Questions.”  They are questions we have all asked: why, when, how long?  Scripture does not give us simple cookie cutter answers that apply to all situations. The gospel gives us Easter – Christ alive and risen and present with us.  As Paul says about Jesus: “For in him every one of God’s promises is a ‘Yes.’ For this reason, it is through him that we say the ‘Amen,’ to the glory of God.” (2 Corinthians 1:20)  The question from Friday on the cross: “My God why have you forsaken me?”  to the despair and doubt as his body lay in the tomb on Saturday is over come with fear and amazement on Sunday, when the woman discover death does not have the last word.  The answer is that Jesus is alive.

I pray as we break the bread this Sunday he will be made known to you as the one who lives and reigns forever.  Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah.