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Archive for June 2nd, 2012

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Psalm 97: 6-12/Numbers 32: 1-6; 16-27                                 St. Luke 24: 1-17

The following meditation by Pr. Scott Murray is from his excellent devotional A Year with the Church Fathers:  Meditations for Each Day of the Church Year. Pr. Murray concentrates on the verses:  25And he said to them, “O foolish ones, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken! 26 Was it not necessary that the Christ should suffer these things and enter into his glory?” 27And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he interpreted to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning himself. Truly this was a Bible class to remember!

Meditation:

The irony is palpable. To the one whose life they doubt, they explained His death and breathlessly tell of the reports that He might yet live. In reply, we would have Him say to them, “Look at Me. Look into these glorified wounds. Don’t you recognize your friend, your Lord, your God?” His real presence mocked their unbelief and fear. But He doesn’t shove their faces in it. Why?

He used a more powerful tool. He began a Bible class for them (Luke 24:25-27). Even after His resurrection, the best testimony to His living gifts was still Scripture. What was spoken by Moses and the Prophets was always at the center of the life and teachings of Jesus. He opened Scripture to them. This is why the Church must be and remain the place where Scripture is taught, searched, studied, read, believed, and taken to heart. Then and only then will our hearts burn within us.

There is no glory of God greater than to have the Scriptures taught among us. We are no different than the Emmaus disciples. These things are written for our learning. They were suffering under their fear and weakness even though Jesus was risen, hell had been harried, and death defeated. Yet He taught them that His suffering must be so, through the Scriptures. How is that different than the situation now? Is it not Christ who still teaches us through His Scriptures?

Merciful Lord, through the angels You called the women at the tomb to remember that the Christ must be delivered into the hands of the sinful and be crucified and on the third day be raised from the dead. Help us to remember that it is only through suffering that we enter into glory and that in our sufferings we participate in the sufferings of Your Son, Jesus Christ, our Lord.

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