In worship we were focused on the joy that surrounds the resurrection and how we receive a full life by Jesus raising from the dead. It is only through Christ’s work that we are assured of our heavenly home. Our first reading from the Acts of the Apostles was Peter’s discussion with Cornelius affirming their presence in the family of God, even though society says they aren’t “in” because they aren’t Jews. The Second reading from Paul’s letter to the Colossians reminds us that we should set our minds on heavenly things so we can better find Christ in our midst. The Psalmist sang a song which affirms the power of God at work in our lives and the necessity that we give thanks to God.

The sermon was based on the Resurrection story in John’s gospel. Mary goes to the tomb in darkness and finds the tomb empty (or the stone rolled away). She tells the story to Peter and the Beloved Disciple, both of whom confirm Jesus’ absence. Jesus meets Mary and touches her. His intimacy with her is what convinces her of his message.

How can you open your heart to intimacy with God? I invite your comments,

Readings: Acts 10:34-43; Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24; Colossians 3:1-4; John 20:1-18

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