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Lord, I pray for those who have been left homeless as a result of floods or earthquakes. As they feel vulnerable and helpless before the devastating impact of nature’s power, remind them that you love them and that undergirding the whole of the physical universe is your love and warm embrace. I ask it in the name of Jesus Christ – AMEN
Lord, it is Good Friday and Christians everywhere gather at the foot of your cross today. Make Calvary my abiding place and help me to share in your suffering in whatever way I can. Make me more sensitive to the world’s suffering, and more willing to bring whatever healing I can wherever it might be needed. I ask in Christ’s name – AMEN
Lord, we celebrate this day remembering that you gathered your disciples together and shared with them your last supper of bread and wine. Thank you for using the common products of the earth to be your body and blood for all time, and that we can share with you by celebrating those sacred moments in communion. Through Jesus Christ – AMEN
“Then their eyes were opened and they recognized him”.
Lk 24:31 NIV
There is an English saying, “There’s none so blind as them that will not see”. Many people are blind in this sense when it comes to recognizing who Jesus was – and is. They refuse point blank to exercise their faith faculty and believe in Jesus.
This was not the problem with the two disciples (probably a husband and wife pair?) whom Jesus met on the road to Emmaus. They had been bewildered by so many strange and unexpected events in the previous few days that they probably wondered if life would ever return to normal again. It was difficult for them to think or see straight in anything. They were probably relieved to find that the road to Emmaus was still in the same place! They were so perplexed that, when he joined them they didn’t recognise Jesus for who he was – and it was evening, and probably dark already. Having accepted their earnest urging to come in and stay, Jesus joined them at the supper table. It was as he took bread and broke it that they recognized him. Was it the nail marks in his hands that gave him away? Was it the way he handled the bread? Or the blessing that he asked? Whatever, there he was – their Jesus, their friend and their master, the Lord of glory and the Saviour of the world.
Whatever your ideas or doubts, whatever your difficulties in believing in the resurrection, let the scales fall from your eyes this Easter. Whatever prevents you from knowing Jesus, or acknowledging him, serving him, and glorifying him – let your eyes be opened now. Own him as your Lord and Saviour. And serve him from this moment on.
Lord help me to see you and know you.
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