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Saturday, 10 April 2021 07:00

Resurrection Reads #6 - Go out to all the world

 

2021.26.Resurection Reads 6 FBWhen Jesus had risen, early on the first day of the week, he appeared first to Mary Magdalene, out of whom he had driven seven demons. She went and told his companions who were mourning and weeping. When they heard that he was alive and had been seen by her, they did not believe.

 After this he appeared in another form to two of them walking along on their way to the country. They returned and told the others; but they did not believe them either. But later, as the Eleven were at table, he appeared to them and rebuked them for their unbelief and hardness of heart because they had not believed those who saw him after he had been raised. He said to them, “Go into the whole world and proclaim the Gospel to every creature.”

 

 

2021.26.Resurrection Reads 6 Go out to all the worldToday, once again, there is a very clear call to proclaim the Good News, to share the gift of our own story and relationship with Jesus with the whole world. This call to share what we have been given reminds me of a television show that was around a number of years ago.

It was called God Friended Me! and it centred around a man called Miles who was an atheist and a podcaster. He was purportedly sent a friend request on Facebook from an account that bears the name ‘God’. What follow is a series of friend suggestions – people in his hometown of New York who need some kind of assistance. Although somewhat dubious as to the origin of this account, he responds and as a result, those he helps avoid varying troubles. I have not seen too much of this show, but in the episodes I saw, Miles steadfastly remained an atheist trying to work out what was happening as his life collided with his social media account in an unforeseen and unpredictable way.

I believe that God has definitely friended me – and you, not in an artificial Facebook kind of way but with a tangible, intimate and loving offer of connection and relationship. And just like Miles, we also receive friend suggestions from ‘God’ of people who he wants to reach in a myriad of ways. Of course these do not come through our social media accounts, but through the prompting of his Holy Spirit deep in our hearts. God wants to use us to share his love with his people and to witness to his presence in their lives.

And just like Miles had to confirm the friend suggestions on Facebook, we too have to say yes, and take a leap of faith into what can sometimes be the unknown. The Gospel today reminds us of this call. God has friended us, and when we say yes, remarkable things will take place.

Mel Edwards