“O God,” prays the Christian in an old joke, “it’s been a good day. I’ve been a good person today. I haven’t said an ill word to anyone, or had an unkind thought, or even a selfish impulse. It’s been a good day. But in a minute, I’m going to...
Lord of forgiveness, strengthen us to know and tell the truth about ourselves, that we may be cleansed by your love and fed by bread and wine, a foretaste of your resurrection banquet. Through him who died and rose again, Christ our Lord. Amen.
Easter promises us the possibility of new life in Christ, but what should that life look like? Scripture makes clear that one sign of union with God is unity with each other. How wonderful it is, the psalmist says, when there is peace among brothers and sisters. Unity and peace do not mean simply the lack of conflict but proactive care for one another. The Christians in Acts lived out this care in a practical way by giving of their material means to help one another. John in his epistle tells us that this fellowship is ultimately modeled on the fellowship we share with God and Christ, while in his Gospel, John teaches that belief in Jesus the Messiah is what binds us all together in this new life.
Read Acts 4:32-35. In what ways does your Christian community extend generosity to those within and those beyond the community?
Read Psalm 133. How do you experience God’s extravagant love for you? What is your response to this love?
Read 1 John 1:1–2:2. What experience of Christ have you “heard . . . seen . . . looked at . . . touched”? How do you share your experience of the risen Christ with others?
Read John 20:19-31. How do you relate to Thomas’s desire for tangible proof of the Resurrection?
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