Today is the 3rd Sunday OF Easter (not the 2nd week AFTER Easter). Yes, according to the Christian calendar this year, Easter lasts for 7 weeks . Perhaps knowing that like the first disciples we too are slow to open ourselves to be transformed by the good news of Resurrection. Perhaps knowing that we need multiple Jesus encounters before we begin to live life in remarkable and radical Resurrection ways.
And so for the 3rd time we are reminded to not simply believe in the resurrection, but to live out the Resurrection.
One of the telltale signs of a Resurrection shaped life is a life that is saturated with praise. “Let everything that breathes praise the Lord” (Ps. 150:6)
Some theologians, drawing on the fact that the Psalter begins with law and ends in praise, contend that the final scriptural expectation on humanity is adoration (surpassing obedience). A life saturated with praise is a life lived in constant gratitude for God’s great grace. “How great thou art” becomes the silent theme tune of our life. “Lost in wonder and love” we find our primary purpose in life, namely, to praise the Living God in all things! Let us pray to become praise-saturated people. Alan