Moment of Clarity With Rev. Lorrie Daly-Price
Our Road to Emmaus

Our Road to Emmaus

April 28, 2020

Sunday, April 26, 2020 | This week we pick up the story from Luke’s gospel of the days following the crucifixion of Jesus. It seems as though the disciples are a little on edge. I imagine that they were experiencing some PTSD of sorts having just seen one of their closest friends and leaders meet such a brutal death right in front of their eyes. I imagine they were experiencing some grief as well. Sure, Jesus had prepared them for the work that they were to do following his death, but like any group of folks who has experienced the death of a leader, I imagine that they were in a sort of wilderness phase themselves. They were likely attempting to understand for themselves just how they fit into this whole teaching and preaching thing and working to garner up the confidence to do the work for which Jesus had prepared them.

Show Me

Show Me

April 21, 2020

Sunday, April 19, 2020 | What does it take to believe? Is belief blind trust? Should the high priests have been blind to the obvious, real and dangerous realities of the oppression of Rome in first century Jerusalem? In our reading this week from John’s gospel, Thomas was honest in his refusal to believe until he had experienced the miracle of Jesus’ presence. Many of us would ask for the same revelation. We really can’t fault him. Yet we also learn with Thomas from Jesus’ instruction….”Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have come to believe.” Perhaps the key is in the phrase, “have come to believe.” Not those who are instantly sure but those who trust enough to keep on keeping. These are the ones who act upon their trust, who act themselves into believing through faith that sees beyond the obvious.

The Promise of Easter

The Promise of Easter

April 13, 2020

Sunday, April 12, 2020 | The story we hear this morning comes form the gospel of John. Jesus is risen. The tomb where he lay is empty. On that first Easter morning Mary comes to the tomb while it is still dark. She sees that the stone has been rolled away and she draws the conclusion that Jesus has been taken. Running to Peter and that beloved disciple, she shares her concern.

Upon her return to the tomb Jesus appears to Mary as a gardener and will later appear to the disciples. She does not yet believe who she is standing with.

Things go no more smoothly for the others either. The appearance of the risen Jesus is no simple thing. As we will hear this week, the gospel story judges none of these people. For in their own time each will come to faith and believe in the risen Christ.

Easter happens when everyone thinks it’s all over. Hallelujah! Christ has risen indeed.

Good Friday
Finding That Hope

Finding That Hope

April 5, 2020

Sunday, April 5, 2020 | As Jesus approached Jerusalem on that first Palm Sunday, many people had gathered on the roadside to welcome him. Many of these had no doubt witnessed his healing, and listened to his preaching, but some perhaps were there to have a glimpse of this man who had been causing a stir by his radical teaching. As crowds go this would not have been much different from any other crowd then and ever since. John’s gospel specifically notes that many of the Jews who had witnessed the resurrection of Lazarus had followed Jesus to Jerusalem and were telling everyone what had happened. News had already arrived ahead of them, and so many in Jerusalem came out to meet him because they had heard about Lazarus. Why are these people rejoicing? Because the raising of Lazarus has given them hope. Hope imagines a better world, a better outcome, a different future.

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