Sunday, May 8, 2011

Acts 2:14a, 36–41; Luke 24:13–35

"When he was at the table with them, he took bread, blessed and broke it and gave it to them."
(Luke 24:30)

A spoken word, a bit of bread, a sip of wine: in a world that is spinning out of control and out of whack, these things seem woefully inadequate. When congregations are dying, when membership is down, when we are edging toward a post-Christian culture, these things seem hopelessly passé.

What is our response to this world? If we turn to our texts, we read that these small things—the word, the bread and the wine—have the power to redeem and restore, to heal and embolden, to nurture and sustain, and to call human beings back to their best selves.


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