“The Lord is risen!”
“He has risen indeed!”
Happy Resurrection Sunday!

 

Reading

Luke 24:36-49  While they were talking about this, Jesus himself stood among them and said to them, ‘Peace be with you.’ 37 They were startled and terrified, and thought that they were seeing a ghost. 38 He said to them, ‘Why are you frightened, and why do doubts arise in your hearts? 39 Look at my hands and my feet; see that it is I myself. Touch me and see; for a ghost does not have flesh and bones as you see that I have.’ 40 And when he had said this, he showed them his hands and his feet. 41 While in their joy they were disbelieving and still wondering, he said to them, ‘Have you anything here to eat?’ 42 They gave him a piece of broiled fish, 43 and he took it and ate in their presence. 44 Then he said to them, ‘These are my words that I spoke to you while I was still with you—that everything written about me in the law of Moses, the prophets, and the psalms must be fulfilled.’ 45 Then he opened their minds to understand the scriptures, 46 and he said to them, ‘Thus it is written, that the Messiah is to suffer and to rise from the dead on the third day, 47 and that repentance and forgiveness of sins is to be proclaimed in his name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem. 48 You are witnesses of these things. 49 And see, I am sending upon you what my Father promised; so stay here in the city until you have been clothed with power from on high.’
 

Reflection

The gospel of Luke often includes food in some way. Jesus is either travelling to a meal, at a meal or departing from a meal. Such a practice indicates the importance of consumption as places of spiritual encounters and transformation. This continues in the final chapter of Luke where we have two meals mentioned.
 
In Luke 24:27-35, Jesus begins to open up the Scriptures to his companions. They then invite him to stay with them. When he blesses the meal, their eyes were opened. The resurrected Jesus reveals himself in and through a sacred act of consumption. This episode is followed by the reading above, which again includes a meal. In this final meal with his disciples (24:36-49), Jesus’ act of consumption demonstrates that he is not a ghost or merely spiritual entity, but rather that he is the same Jesus who walked and talked with them before the crucifixion. The act of consumption indicates Jesus’ bodily victory over sin and death and leads to an act of commission.
 
Consuming food is a daily practice for most, if not all of us. The act of sharing our food with others can be powerfully symbolic of sharing our lives. In fact, in today’s world sharing our food can be quite subversive in a culture where so seek to hoard it. Consuming food seems to be a wonderful opportunity for either communion with God, family and friends, or an opportunity to be nourished for the commission of those who love Jesus. As we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus, let us consume the message of hope and forgiveness offered by Jesus. Let us consume in a manner that shares this hope and love with others, revealing to them the Jesus whom we love and celebrate. As we rejoice in our sins being forgiven, let us embrace the mission of Jesus to take this hope to the world.
 

Prayer

Thank you Lord Jesus for your victory over sin and death. Thank you for your life and teaching which are vindicated and validated by the Father through the resurrection. Thank you for giving us an example of how a daily act of consumption can be used to build community, to share the good news of who you are and what you have done on our behalf. Allow us the privilege of sharing the gospel with friends and family as we consume. May your gospel transform us from the inside out so that they too may consume the good news and be transformed from the inside out to be better consumers within the world.
 
 

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