PRAYER / Lenten Reflection 2005
Easter Thursday, March 31, 2005
Luke is teaching Christology in today’s sermon by Peter: "God
may send the Messiah appointed for you, that is Jesus, who must remain in heaven
until the time of universal restoration...." It will take 400 some years
before we have a "definition" of who the Christ is, and here is the
first understanding: Jesus will become Messiah (Christos
in Greek) in the fullness
of time (a term of good news to counteract the fear of so many of the end of
the world). Fear begins on Easter night when Jesus appears to the Eleven and
the rest of the company. So Jesus’ first words to them, "Peace be
with you." Then he opened their minds to understand scripture. Who are
the companions who heard this teaching? Luke finishes his gospel in Chapter
24 and begins Acts of the Apostles where the Twelve and 120 others, including
Mary the Mother, are gathered in the upper room. What has theology to do with
prayer? The monks at Qumran who produced the Dead Sea Scrolls taught that to
study scripture is to worship. Jesus said to know God is to experience eternal
life. The only reason Luke or any one today theologizes is to know God and
then to communicate God.
What aspects of theology nourish your prayer? Are there doctrines which you ponder
in your heart? Ask the Spirit to open your ears to hear Jesus teaching you.
Thank you, Jesus, for your teaching, and for your peace which the world cannot
give. Make us instruments of your peace, and let us foster peace in some way
Wednesday, 23 March, 2005 4:50 PM
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