Saturday, December 17, 2011

Did you lack anything? Luke 22.35

New Testament Challenge – Day 33
Luke 22-14

Just before His Holy Passion, Christ reminded His disciples of the many times that He had protected them and provided for their sustenance. “’When I sent you without money bag, knapsack, and sandals, did you lack anything? So they said, ‘Nothing.’” (Luke 22.35) These words of reminder should have served to comfort the disciples once the Lord had been arrested.

Instead of being comforted, they were distressed because they still didn’t fully understand Christ’s mission. Consider how they spoke to Him on the road to Emmaus? “But we were hoping that it was He who was going to redeem Israel.” (Luke 24.21) Then He opened their understanding of the Scriptures about Him. But it was only in the Eucharist that they finally recognized Him.

We have the blessing to live today with the knowledge of the resurrection and to live in communion with Him through the Eucharist. We have no excuse for our doubt and yet many of us still doubt. Did you ever wonder why?

With all the scientific knowledge we enjoy today, we are a people that depend upon witness and evidence. The Holy Scriptures are written by those who witnessed these events. The Holy Scriptures, witnesses, the Holy Apostles and the early Church, wrote of the many time that God had provided for their protection. It seems to me that we just to remind ourselves every now and again that God has already, in our own individual lives, proven He has our best interest at hand and that He is protecting us and guiding us. It really is that simple.

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