“When it was evening on that day, the first day of the week, and the doors of the house where the disciples had met were locked for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said, ‘Peace be with you.’” –John 20:19
“Now on that same day two of them were going to a village called Emmaus, about seven miles from Jerusalem, and talking with each other about all these things that had happened.” –Luke 24:13-14
Today is what many folks who serve in the church call ‘Easter Monday.’ It’s the day after the glorious day of Resurrection and the first day after a Holy Week in which there have been more worship services than usual. While EasterMonday includes fatigue, it also offers a bit of ‘breathing room’ after some long and emotional days.
I often wonder what the disciples and others who were hearing the news of the Resurrection were feeling like on Easter Monday? We are told in the Gospel of John that it was the evening of Easter when the disciples were hiding away in fear. The Gospel of Luke tells of the travelers on the road to Emmaus later on Easter day. So, by Easter Monday, perhaps the good news of the risen Christ and the truth of the presence of the living God in their midst was starting to sink in.
My prayer is that on this Easter Monday, the good news of Easter’s hope and light is beginning to sink in and take hold in your life, and that even in the midst of fatigue and daily challenges, we are able to know and believe that good news enough to share it in our living.