Church of England Diocese of Norwich Ringland

Thought for the week of 18th April 2021

17 Apr 2021, 8 p.m.

He said to them, “This is what I told you while I was still with you: Everything must be fulfilled that is written about me in the Law of Moses, the Prophets and the Psalms.”       Luke 24 : 44

Bible reading : Luke 24 : 36b - 48

Thought for the week

Our Gospel reading today involves all the senses. The Risen Jesus appears to the disciples, and they hear His voice. They also see for themselves, Jesus even says “Look at my hands and feet”. Going further, Jesus tells them to touch His hands to be sure it is Him. And He asks for a fish. There would have been the smell of the fish, and the taste (as Jesus eats it!).

It is a reminder that Jesus’ Resurrection is by no means an abstract concept, or vague hope. It is not something that can be reinterpreted or reinvented over time. It is not remote from us, but about God breaking into our lives. It means we can speak not only of Resurrection hope, but also Resurrection reality.

All our relationships, how we spend our time and money, how we fill our days, and view life, death and eternity are determined, brought to life, given meaning through the Cross and Resurrection of Jesus.

Maybe this week we can use our senses to experience the reality of Jesus’ Resurrection. The Risen Jesus is with us each day. He fills the earth with His power and love. He calls the whole world into His hope. To know Him as Saviour and Friend. Christ is Risen!

Rev Paul

Prayer for this week

God of our lives,
we give thanks for the life of Prince Philip,
for his love of our country,
and for his devotion to duty.
We entrust him now to your love and mercy,
through our Redeemer Jesus Christ. Amen.

Risen Christ,

you filled your disciples with boldness and fresh hope:

strengthen us to proclaim your risen life

and fill us with your peace,

to the glory of God the Father. Amen.