O Jesus, flood my soul with faith.
Picture Jesus in the Upper Room with his disciples.
The disciples have heard the news about Jesus’ rising, but when Jesus actually comes, they experience fear and even disbelief. Slowly, he proves to them that he is truly risen. The skepticism of the disciples in these resurrection stories shows that they needed proof to believe. This helps our own faith.
Gospel Text: (Read slowly, possibly aloud.)
Thoughts: (Read all. Ponder those that attract you.)
- The disciples take a step backward. Before Jesus appears, they were talking about his rising. Now, they grow fearful and troubled.
- Jesus is patient and gives them signs.
- He repeats his plea “See that it is I myself.”
- This is too good to be true. Jesus has to show them his hands and his feet.
- He eats food so they know he is not a ghost.
- He reminds them of all the fulfilled prophecies.
- Jesus battles for their minds and hearts.
- He loves them and chose them to carry the message to the world.
Affections: (When one touches your heart, use your own words.)
- Jesus, you can come to me at anytime.
- You are so patient with my slowness to believe.
- Do not let anxieties destroy my faith.
- Your rising from the dead is no myth. You are flesh and blood.
- O Jesus, you are always concerned, always asking, “Why are you troubled?”
- Jesus, You are risen. Almost too good to be true!
Resolutions: (Possibly you might want to make your own.)
+ I will ponder the remarkable truth that Jesus of Nazareth has risen from the dead.
+ I will believe that he will raise me up to glory.