The blinding light of Easter Sunday comes to us through a text from the Acts of the Apostles. It’s Peter’s proclamation of the Gospel on the day of Pentecost. He attests to the crowds that Jesus was anointed “with the Holy Spirit and power. He went about doing good and healing all those who were oppressed by the devil.” “They put him to death by hanging him on a tree. This man God raised on the third day.”
Peter continues. God “granted that he be visible, not to all people, but to us, the witnesses chosen by God in advance, who ate and drank with him after he rose from the dead.”
What a magnificent teaching! Peter reveals that the resurrection of Jesus is in our midst – right now, today, this very minute. We haven’t gathered today to commemorate the anniversary of Jesus’ resurrection. We’ve gathered to eat and drink with the risen Lord. We’re here, like the apostle John, to peer into the empty tomb. We’re here to see. We’re here to believe.
Along with Peter and John and the early disciples, we’ve been chosen and commissioned “to preach to the people and testify that he is the one appointed by God as judge of the living and the dead…that everyone who believes in him will receive forgiveness of sins through his name.”
Today, we’re the disciples at Emmaus, begging Jesus to stay with us as the night falls. Today, like those same disciples, we recognize him “in the breaking of bread.” Today, we remember, with his disciples gathered throughout the world, what we’ve seen and heard. Today, we re-commit ourselves to the great commission; to give witness to his life poured out in love. Today, we invite everyone to the table of the risen Lord. Today, we invite everyone to step out of the dark night – to see – to believe – to discover the beautiful, life-giving light of Easter day.
Jesus, living and loving Lord, touch my eyes that I might see you. Touch my ears that I might hear your word. Touch my tongue that I might give fitting witness to you. Touch my heart that I might have the strength and courage to pour out my life in love.