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The Second Sunday of Easter

The Second Sunday of Easter

Old Test: Ezekiel 37:1—14
Epistle: 1 John 5:4—10
Gospel: John 20:19—31
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“There are three that bear witness on earth: the Spirit, the water, and the blood.” (1 Jn 5:4-10) These three point to Christ and flow from Christ. Jesus shows His disciples His hands and the side from which blood and water flowed, saying “Peace be with you.” He presents the wounds which turn our fear to gladness, which restore us to the Father. Jesus breathes on His disciples and says, “Receive the Holy Spirit.” (Jn 20:19-31) His breath, His words are Spirit and life. They raise up our dry, dead bones and give us new and everlasting life. (Ezek 37:1-14) Christ now gives His ministers to speak His forgiving, Spirit-filled words to the penitent in His stead. Our Lord continues to come to His people, presenting His wounds to us in the Sacraments of water and blood. He bids us to touch His side at His table, to receive His risen body and blood in true faith, that believing we may have life in His name.

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