Third Sunday of Ester (Apr 15th)

Pastor's Summary of Luke 24:36b-48

Jesus has appeared to two disciples on the road to Emmaus, and has shared bread with them (vv. 13-32). Upon returning to Jerusalem, they have heard from "the eleven and their companions" (v. 33) that Jesus has also appeared to Peter. "Peace"  (v. 36), proclaiming by the angel at Jesus' birth, (in 2:14) is now his gift to the disciples. When the group think they are seeing a ghost (v. 37), Jesus asks them: why do you have trouble in believing that it is me, risen from death? (v. 38) He invites them to "touch me and see" (v. 39), to understand. Realizing that he is risen, their joy is so great as to leap beyond  belief (v. 41) They give him "broiled fish" (v. 42), a Galilean dish. Esting shows that he is not a ghost: he is bodily resurrected. Times have changed, as "while I was still with you" (v. 44) shows. He tells them that he fulfils the whole of the Old Testament (to Jews divided into"the law"...the prophets, and the psalms" or Writings), and explains the scriptures to them (v. 45). The quotations in vv. 46-47 combines verses from the Old Testament and apocryphal books. He commissions the Church: with faith in his divinity ("in his name", v. 47) "repentance and to be all nations"; the Chruch is his agent.