Nothing Is the Same for Those Who Believe (Tues. May 4)

Christ is Risen! The word of the day is “wonders.”  As the current pandemic crisis continues, we are experiencing what it means to say, “The world is turned upside down!”  But the upset of our world during these days is nothing compared to the effect of the death and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ. Today in our reading of Acts 2:14-21, Peter speaks of the wonders that accompanied the descent of the Holy Spirit.  He quotes from the Prophet Joel, “I will pour out my Spirit in those days and they shall prophesy.  I will show wonders in heaven above and signs in the earth beneath, blood and fire and vapor of smoke” (OSB vs. 18-19). The Wonder of…

Joy No One Can Suppress (Pascha, May 2)

Christ is Risen! The word of the day is “alive.”  Well, today, we will have a festive Pascha dinner, and we will share Paschal Greeting, “Christ is Risen.”  In keeping with this joyful theme, the word of the day is “alive.”  Our journey to the Cross is complete, so we think.  We can now resume our lives with the memory of the glorious hymns of Pascha to uplift us. But now, let us suppress any suggestion that we can enjoy a time of spiritual relaxation.  We now enter into the forty days of the appearances of the Risen Christ.  This is the time when Luke says in today’s reading of Acts 1:1-8 that Christ “presented Himself alive after His suffering…