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An unfading inheritance: April 3.



Acts 2:14, 22-32; Psalm 16; 1 Peter 1:3-9; John 20:19-31

The Sundays after Easter often can feel anticlimactic an·ti·cli·max  
n.
1. A decline viewed in disappointing contrast with a previous rise: the anticlimax of a brilliant career.

2.
. We follow the events of the last week of Jesus' life and celebrate with great joy his rising from the dead, but what then?

We go on as before. Or do we? The readings of the Easter season
    Formerly known as Eastertide, the Easter Season comprises seven weeks following Easter Sunday.

    The new liturgical calendar of the Roman Catholic Church, which took effect in 1970 following its earlier approval by the Second Vatican Council changed the "Sundays after
     are carefully chosen to point us beyond that post-Easter letdown. In a sense, the story--our story--is only just beginning. Jesus' death and resurrection is not simply a powerful event from 2,000 years ago; it spans centuries and changes our lives today. The text 1 Peter 1:3-4 reminds us that the death and resurrection of Jesus Within the body of Christian beliefs, the death and resurrection of Jesus are two core events on which much of Christian doctrine and theology depend. According to The New Testament, Jesus, the central figure of Christianity was crucified, to death, buried within a tomb, and  have given us a new birth into "a living hope" and "an inheritance that is imperishable im·per·ish·a·ble  
    adj.
    Not perishable: imperishable food; imperishable hopes.



    im·per
    , undefiled, and unfading un·fad·ing  
    adj.
    Retaining color, freshness, value, or usefulness.



    un·fading·ly adv.

    Adj. 1.
    ." The story of Easter doesn't end on Easter day any more than it ended when Jesus rose from the dead. Instead the story reaches into the heart of our existence--challenging, transforming, and inspiring us afresh a·fresh  
    adv.
    Once more; anew; again: start afresh.


    afresh
    Adverb

    once more

    Adv. 1.
    . The season of Easter should remind us that our lives will never be the same.

    This also becomes clear in the reading from John's gospel. Here, when Jesus appears to the disciples he breathes the Holy Spirit on them and gives them the power to forgive or to retain sins (John 20:22-23). This is an immense responsibility. As Christians who live in the light of Jesus' resurrection, we are charged to live as Jesus in the world, recognizing sin and forgiving it. If we take this commission seriously, we are challenged to stand up to oppression, injustice, greed, and every other kind of sin.

    This post-Easter season reminds us of the challenge given us by the risen and ascended Jesus. As such, it should be far from anticlimactic.
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    Title Annotation:Living the word: reflections on the revised common lectionary, cycle A
    Author:Gooder, Paula
    Publication:Sojourners
    Article Type:Brief Article
    Date:Apr 1, 2005
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