Good morning Sisters and Brothers in Christ,
On this 3rd Sunday of Easter, Jesus is trying to ground the disciples’ faith in the reality of his presence, in the concreteness of his being. He told them to touch him; he ate in front of them. He was announcing that he was real.
What can we provide, what hands-on proof can we give that Jesus is alive among us? Of course, we have been in a pandemic and touching is still not something we want to engage in. But we can still give examples of lives being touched, hearts being touched.
Yes, we are still looking at events surrounding Jesus’ resurrection. We shouldn’t be surprised, for this is, on the one hand, the foundational event for Christian faith, on the other hand, it is the most unbelievable event. We should meditate upon it every day, not just every Sunday. Blessed are the hearers and doers of the Word!
Siblings of Christ, this is what God has called you to do. To witness about Christ. “That all has happened as it was written. That Christ suffered, rose from the dead, and now repentance and forgiveness of sins is proclaimed in His name to all nations.”
Jesus Christ has introduced this new reality. He is the predecessor of the new creation, the new heaven and new earth, where there is no more death, nor pain, only peace and joy in God’s presence. You are witnesses of all these things. Amen.
To God be the glory,
Rev. Clarissa Martinelli
Pastor, Fifth Avenue UMC
323 South Fifth Avenue
West Bend, WI
“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful
beyond measure. I am a child of God.” marianne williamison