FOR WEDNESDAY *TODAY’S SCRIPTURE READING: Luke 24:1-12
“The apostles thought that the women’s story didn’t make any sense, and they didn’t believe them.” (Luke 24:11; GOD’S WORD Translation)
“That’s crazy!” This was the sentiment of the apostles when they first heard the women tell them what happened when they found the tomb of Jesus empty. They considered the story the women told about “two men in dazzling clothes” (vs. 4) who said that Jesus had risen as nothing more than an “idle tale” [NRSV]. David Lose points out that the Greek word Luke used here, leros, is the root of our word “delirious” and so the disciples thought that such tales of resurrection were “nuts, utterly nonsense”.
Well, can we blame them? This whole idea of resurrection can really upset the apple cart of our understanding of life. We’ve been taught that “a leopard can’t change its spots”, that what is – is, that we are stuck with our lot in life with no hope of changing. Not only does such thinking cause us paralyze us into our current way of life, it keeps us from giving others an opportunity to change as well. Whenever we consider forgiving another and giving them a chance to begin again and redeem themselves, other are more than willing to share their misgivings: “You’re nuts! They’ll never change!”
Yet, resurrection changes everything. Life, and death, will never be the same. Not only can we find hope for ourselves, we can also have hope again in others. This is, indeed, as hymnist Brian Wren writes “a day of new beginnings, time to remember and move on, time to believe what love is bringing” to you and to others.
PRAYER: God of New Life, let the wonder of what You are doing on this day of resurrection break into my life in a new way so that my hope may be renewed in You. Amen.
*The Scripture Reading for each day is selected from the Revised Common Daily Lectionary used in A Disciple’s Journal – 2015 by Steven W. Manskar]