1 Corinthians 15:1-11
1Now I would remind you, brothers and sisters, of the good news that I proclaimed to you, which you in turn received, in which also you stand, 2through which also you are being saved, if you hold firmly to the message that I proclaimed to you-unless you have come to believe in vain.
3For I handed on to you as of first importance what I in turn had received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the scriptures, 4and that he was buried, and that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the scriptures, 5and that he appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve. 6Then he appeared to more than five hundred brothers and sisters at one time, most of whom are still alive, though some have died. 7Then he appeared to James, then to all the apostles. 8Last of all, as to one untimely born, he appeared also to me. 9For I am the least of the apostles, unfit to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God. 10But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace toward me has not been in vain. On the contrary, I worked harder than any of them-though it was not I, but the grace of God that is with me. 11Whether then it was I or they, so we proclaim and so you have come to believe.
- Light a candle to remember Christ’s presence with you.
- Sit five to fifteen minutes in silent meditation paying close attention to the deep breath.
- As you inhale, breathe in God’s steadfast love and faithfulness.
- As you exhale, let go of any tension keeping your from the freedom of God.
- Continue to breathe as you create freedom within you.
- As you embrace the freedom, remember this teaching of Paul and the ways Christ appeared to the Apostles.
- Notice how they believe.
- Remember a time recently where Christ has appeared to you.
- It could be through nature, a picture, a person, a voice, a feeling, etc.
- Notice the fruit of the spirit that accompanies the presence of Christ: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.
- Embrace the appearance and invite the Holy to reveal to you a deeper meaning and purpose for this experience.
- What is God’s message for you?
- Give thanks to God for this time in prayer and for any new insights you have received.
- Share as you feel led in the reply box below.
Revised Common Lectionary Readings for Sunday, February 10, 2019, the Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year C)
Isaiah 6:1-8 (8-13)
1 Corinthians 15:1-11
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