Denise Marnen-Jirka - Word of the Week, April 23, 2019

One of my favorite Easter hymns is “I Know That My Redeemer Lives” and I have an expectation on Easter Sunday to sing it. Many Easters that expectation is met, like this one, and sometimes not. In our reading for Sunday Mary Magdalene and others had an expectation that they would be anointing a dead body and they of course did not. They did not expect to see to men in clothes that gleamed when they entered the tomb. They did not expect to find no body in the tomb. They probably did not expect to be the messengers that Jesus has risen from the dead.

The disciples did not expect this fabulous tale the women told them to be true (although Peter checked it out). They did not expect Jesus to appear to them. I also have to believe they did not expect at that time to travel and preach the Gospel as they did. There were a lot of things that first Easter morning that no one expected to happen or what was about to happen. That is the thing though expect the unexpected from the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit and amazing things will happen.

 

Prayer: Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord. From the house of the Lord we bless you. 27 The Lord is God, and he has made his light shine on us. With boughs in hand, join in the festal procession up to the horns of the altar. 28 You are my God, and I will praise you; you are my God, and I will exalt you. 29 Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever. Amen. (Psalm 118:26-29).