It took a year to read the Bible, then almost 9 months to read the Apocrypha. Now, I'm going to try to offer reflections on the Narrative Lectionary. But, I won't be posting daily--at least, for a while.

Monday, April 13, 2015

Surprise and Fear, Reflection on Luke 24:36-39

In the verses just before this passage, Luke tells us that after his resurrection, Jesus appeared to them and shared a meal with them at Emmaus. It took them a while, but they were able to recognize him. Then he vanished from their sight. They returned to Jerusalem to tell the eleven disciples and their companions.

While they were talking about this, Jesus appeared and spoke to them. Their reaction is surprise and fear.

He's back, and they are startled, and they are afraid.

What does it take for a disciple to expect the appearance of the Lord? What does it take for a disciple to get over being afraid? What doubts do they have? What doubts do disciples of our time have?

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