The Third Sunday of Easter
God, whose blessed Son made himself known to his disciples in the breaking of bread: Open the eyes of our faith, that we may behold him in all his redeeming work; who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
These are the words of the Collect for this Sunday: “…that we may behold him in all his redeeming work…” We will open our worship this coming Sunday with a request to open the “eyes of our hearts to see” the Son of God in all his redeeming work. Why do we pray this prayer? Why do we ask to be enabled to see God’s work of redemption in all the places and people it is happening? And what does this mean and perhaps require of us if the prayer is answered?
What if you are enabled to “behold” God’s work of redemption in your neighbor? Your friend? Your enemy? What if you are enabled to see it in yourself? Based on our text in Luke 24, beholding Jesus can be a tricky thing. Based on my years as a Christian, when people get this wrong or fail to “behold” the Son of God in all his redeeming work, the goodness of the good news begins to become faint. After all, is there anywhere where God’s work of redemption is not happening? How vast might our vision become?
See you on Sunday!