John 20: 30 – 31
Jesus performed many other signs in the presence of his disciples, which are not recorded in this book. But these are written that you may believe[a] that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.
Was it Berthold Brecht who posed the question “Where did the builders go the day they finished the Great Wall of China?” The work was finished, what was there for them to do now?
Sometimes the week after Easter can feel a bit like the end of a Spike Milligan sketch, with the characters shuffling off set muttering “What are we going to do now?”
The first three Gospels do not give much detail, having been crammed with detail of the previous week now they just seem to sign off. Even John, the most reflective of the Gospel writers, having told the story of Thomas originally finished with the two verses above before adding Ch 21 as a post script.
So what do we do the week after? Well, sit back, take our breath, and reflect on all that has happened. It takes some time to ponder anew the message of Easter, no matter how many Easters we have experienced.
Each year is different, so much so this year, so the message of Easter subtly changes to reflect tha,t so take time out in this quiet week and think;
What is God asking of me?
What does God want me to do?
How is God going to help me do it?
How am I going to help God do what he needs done?
Lord God, our loving Father in Heaven, as we look forward from Easter Day enthused and enriched by the resurrection story, guide us we pray, to find our role in your unfolding story.
In your Mercy hear our prayer,