Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Joy and Wonder - Lent 2016

Living Bread ~ Jesus said to them, “I am the Bread of Life; he who comes to Me will not hunger, and he who believes in Me will never thirst.” John 6:35
During this season of reflections and renewal, join me in exploring the Bread of Life. When we encounter Jesus Christ, this Living Bread feeds, satisfies, and transforms us. Come on this journey and remember this Bread “is broken for you”. ~ Donna Oswalt

“Why are you frightened?” [Jesus] asked. “Why do you doubt who I am?”  

As the two from Emmaus begin to tell their story of the risen Jesus appearing to them while walking on the road and how they recognize Him when He breaks the bread, suddenly Jesus appears. Everyone becomes terrified and thinks maybe this is a ghost. Jesus reassures them, tells them not to be frightened, asks them why they still doubt. In a gesture to relieve some anxiety and offer proof, Jesus says for them to look at His hands and feet. Then He asks them for something to eat? This supernatural Jesus seems beyond their comprehension.

Centuries later, without the visible and tangible body of Jesus, we are reassured by a living Jesus, invited to believe in a resurrected Jesus, asked to affirm the Lord is risen indeed. Ancient prophecies fulfilled over 2,000 years ago challenge us to believe in the Suffering Servant whose wounds on hands and feet bear our sins, to believe in the Lamb of God whose sacrifice offers us redemption, to believe in Perfect Love who calls us by name. Amazing? Yes! Beyond comprehension? Yes! The veil has been torn and the Bread of the Presence waits. Jesus is calling…do not be afraidTrust in Me!

Holy, Holy, Holy! Lord, the mystery of faith exceeds me, the mystery of such infinite love amazes me, the mystery of the cross overwhelms me. My sins are engraved on Your hands and feet. I kneel before such holiness and find the Mercy Seat transformed from a place of offering into a Grace offering for me. Wordless wonder fills me as I silently listen. With need that is beyond my own understanding, I whisper, Lord, always give us this bread. –dho

Focus Point: Jesus is calling…do not be afraidTrust in Me!

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