prayer for Thursday in Easter Week

Almighty and everlasting God, who in the Paschal mystery established the new covenant of reconciliation: Grant that all who have been reborn into the fellowship of Christ’s Body may show forth in their lives what they profess by their faith; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Book of Common Prayer

Thursday in Easter Week: the resurrected Christ appears to his disciples

The faith and the resurrection are not just about God being present with us. It is more than that. It is about the creation of an entirely new order in and through Jesus and through his resurrection from the dead. A new existence has begun in Jesus, which as we see from the gospel quoted below does indeed have continuity with this life, even though it is beyond and indeed the fulfillment of it, someday to be entirely realized when heaven and earth become one at Jesus’ return, the new creation completely replacing the old.

In the meantime, we indeed in the disciples’ train, and dependent on their eye witness account given to us in the gospels along with our own witness by faith apart from seeing, testify to others the truth, reality and power of Jesus’ bodily resurrection from the dead.

While they were still talking about this, Jesus himself stood among them and said to them, “Peace be with you.”

They were startled and frightened, thinking they saw a ghost. He said to them,“Why are you troubled, and why do doubts rise in your minds? Look at my hands and my feet. It is I myself! Touch me and see; a ghost does not have flesh and bones, as you see I have.”

When he had said this, he showed them his hands and feet. And while they still did not believe it because of joy and amazement, he asked them, “Do you have anything here to eat?” They gave him a piece of broiled fish, and he took it and ate it in their presence.

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.”

Then he opened their minds so they could understand the Scriptures. He told them, “This is what is written: The Messiah will suffer and rise from the dead on the third day, and repentance for the forgiveness of sins will be preached in his name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. You are witnesses of these things.

Luke 24:36-48