MESSAGE OF THE DAY
“Easter says you can put truth in a grave, but it won’t stay there.”
– Clarence W. Hall
Acts 3:1-10; Ps. 105:1-2, 3-4, 6-7, 8-9; Lk 24:13-35
R. (3b) Rejoice, O hearts that seek the Lord.
Give thanks to the LORD, invoke his name;
make known among the nations his deeds.
Sing to him, sing his praise,
proclaim all his wondrous deeds.
Glory in his holy name;
rejoice, O hearts that seek the LORD!
Look to the LORD in his strength;
seek to serve him constantly.
You descendants of Abraham, his servants,
sons of Jacob, his chosen ones!
He, the LORD, is our God;
throughout the earth his judgments prevail.
He remembers forever his covenant
which he made binding for a thousand generations
Which he entered into with Abraham
and by his oath to Isaac.
REFLECTION ON THE SCRIPTURES
– from “Daily Bread”
He asked them, ‘What are you discussing as you walk along?’
The question to the disciples on the road is for us, as well. What we think, feel and believe is revealed in what we say, whether we talk about current events, plans, politics or the weather.
Moreover, our discussions form us, for better or worse. It might be a good exercise to imagine Jesus walking with us today, listening intently to all we have to say. He called the disciples on the road “foolish” and “slow of heart.” What would he say about us? Do we choose forums where discussion amounts to little more than inane blather, or perhaps do we meet regularly with others for the explicit purpose of offering support, studying scripture or sharing faith?
For spiritually edifying fellowship and conversation, we pray.
NOTES FROM A CLASSICAL WORK
– “Meister Eckhart’s Sermons”
The heavens are everywhere alike remote from earth, so should the soul be remote from all earthly things alike so as not to be nearer to one than another. It should keep the same attitude of aloofness in love and hate, in possession and renouncement, that is, it should be simultaneously dead, resigned and lifted up.
The heavens are pure and clear without shadow of stain, out of space and out of time. Nothing corporeal is found there. Their revolutions are incredibly swift and independent of time, though time depends on them. Nothing hinders the soul so much in attaining to the knowledge of God as time and place.
Therefore, if the soul is to know God, it must know Him outside time and place, since God is neither in this or that, but One and above them. If the soul is to see God, it must look at nothing in time; for while the soul is occupied with time or place or any image of the kind, it cannot recognize God. If it is to know Him, it must have no fellowship with nothingness.
Only he knows God who recognizes that all creatures are nothingness. For, if one creature be set over against another, it may appear to be beautiful and somewhat, but if it be set over against God, it is nothing. I say moreover: If the soul is to know God it must forget itself and lose itself, for as long as it contemplates self, it cannot contemplate God. When it has lost itself and everything in God, it’s itself again in God when it attains to the knowledge of Him, and it’s also everything which it had abandoned complete in God.
If I am to know the highest good, and the everlasting Godhead, truly, I must know them as they are in themselves apart from creation. If I am to know real existence, I must know it as it is in itself, not as it is parceled out in creatures.
– Sermon Two, “The Nearness of God”
Keith Green: Easter Song (music video)