Alleluia Ps 118:24

  1. Alleluia, alleluia.
    This is the day the LORD has made;
    let us be glad and rejoice in it.
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Gospel Lk 24:35-48

The disciples of Jesus recounted what had taken place along the way,
and how they had come to recognize him in the breaking of bread.

While they were still speaking about this,
he stood in their midst and said to them,
“Peace be with you.”
But they were startled and terrified
and thought that they were seeing a ghost.
Then he said to them, “Why are you troubled?
And why do questions arise in your hearts?
Look at my hands and my feet, that it is I myself.
Touch me and see, because a ghost does not have flesh and bones
as you can see I have.”
And as he said this,
he showed them his hands and his feet.
While they were still incredulous for joy and were amazed,
he asked them, “Have you anything here to eat?”
They gave him a piece of baked fish;
he took it and ate it in front of them.

He said to them,
“These are my words that I spoke to you while I was still with you,
that everything written about me in the law of Moses
and in the prophets and psalms must be fulfilled.”
Then he opened their minds to understand the Scriptures.
And he said to them,
“Thus it is written that the Christ would suffer
and rise from the dead on the third day
and that repentance, for the forgiveness of sins,
would be preached in his name
to all the nations, beginning from Jerusalem.
You are witnesses of these things.”

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Salt-Water Church

The salt-water Atlantic lies over that ridge.
I am here to soak in the sea—
to wash my body & cleanse my soul.

I walk toward the water’s edge,
flip-flops in hand. I dip one toe in.
Earth has become a place

that takes so much and gives so little back.
I remember the beach from Sunday School
and want immersion. A beach was

the sight of Jesus’s last fish fry—
the only one recorded in scripture,
the one after He cried the loneliest cry in the world.

(published in Rusty Truck)

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