Church of England Diocese of Portsmouth Saint John the Baptist, Oakfield, Ryde and Holy Trinity, Ryde

Thought for the day.

28 Apr 2020, 1:30 p.m.
From_the_Vicar Easter

Thought for the day

By Rev Sue.

I don’t know about you, but I am finding the world a bewildering place at the moment, trying to make sense of what is happening and what the future might hold.

In the bible readings set for this Sunday, both Peter, in Jerusalem on the day of Pentecost, and Jesus on the road to Emmaus, helped the people they spoke with make sense of what was happening by going back to what had been written in the scriptures. By reminding them of God’s story.

In the verses which have been left out in the reading from Acts, Peter tells how the coming of the Holy Spirit was foretold by the Prophet Joel and how David had spoken of the resurrection of the Messiah. On the road to Emmaus Jesus interpreted all the things which had been said about him in the scriptures.

What the listeners learned when the scriptures were explained to them had a profound effect. The converts in Jerusalem were “cut to the heart” and the disciples on the Emmaus road later recalled that “their hearts burned with in them”. They all approached their future with a new enthusiasm for serving God.

As we try to understand what is happening to us, remembering God’s story, how he has been with us throughout history, recalling the teachings of Jesus about the Kingdom of God and how the events of Easter have set that Kingdom in motion, will help us to make sense of our current circumstances and guide us in making the best of our future.

So let’s make time to revisit the scriptures with open and enthusiastic hearts