How’s that Easter excitement? After this Sunday we will be half way to Pentecost. Are you still rejoicing in the resurrection, or is the still lingering snow putting you back in the tomb?
Speaking of resurrection, this week we have another one, the resurrection of Tabitha. If you preached about the women of the Easter story, this is a great follow up story to talk about the value and importance of women in the work of the early church.
It is also Year C’s version of Good Shepherd Sunday. Our gospel reading and the reading from Revelation offer images of Christ as a Lamb and as a Shepherd. I’m not sure how helpful it is to try and explain the both/and, as they really don’t seem to be related. The Lamb is a sacrificial animal, tracing from the temple faith. The shepherd image is not related at all. We are not sacrificial animals, we are sheep. I would stick with one image or the other.
We are taking this opportunity to preach through the Revelation readings this Easter season. What fun! Is anyone else focussing on Revelation? We started last week by teaching about the inclusive and grace-filled emphasis of Revelation, as opposed to the emphasis on who goes on and who gets left behind. In this week’s reading I notice that those who are considered worthy are not the believers, but the poor (verses 14-16).
Where are your thoughts this week?