- Centering prayer— Pray for illumination, “Lord, open my heart and mind by the power of the Holy Spirit,” and remain in silence.
- Read slowly, keeping any words or phrase that come to your mind, and mark on them.
- Close eyes and meditate on what you read.
- Take a note if you have question, inspiration.
Read Luke 24
Luke was not one of people who eye witnessed the resurrection of Jesus but he recorded about them, and how resurrected Jesus appeared to them.
To three women (1-12) —- “On the first day of the week,” was the day after Sabbath day, which is Sunday in modern calendar. Three women were the first witnesses who saw the empty tomb and heard that Jesus was risen, and Peter was the second. The risen Jesus did not appeared to three women at the tomb in Luke. But other Gospels recorded that resurrected Jesus appeared to them at the tomb. (Matthew 28:9, Mark 16:9, John 20:15).
To two disciples (13-34) —- The resurrected Jesus appeared to two disciples who walked to Emmaus on the day of resurrection. In conversation, Jesus helped them open their eyes to recognize him, by teaching them of the prophets, Scripture, and offering them his sacramental meal. Two disciples testified the resurrection of Jesus to eleven disciples.
To eleven disciples (35-49) —- Jesus appeared to his eleven disciples in Jerusalem. The betrayed disciple, Judas Iscariot, hanged himself in remorse when Jesus was on trial. (Matthew 27:3-5). He proclaimed peace to them. He showed them his hands and feet with nail marks. He ate the meal with them. He taught them about prophets that wrote about him, about his death and resurrection in three days. He commanded them to stay in Jerusalem until the power of the Holy Spirit came upon them.
The Ascension (50-53) — The disciples finally witnessed to the Ascension of Jesus at the vicinity of Bethany, praising God.
Luke concluded his writing with detailed records of the resurrection of Jesus as “the things that have been fulfilled,” (1:1). His purpose was for a person, most excellent Theophilus, to know the certainty of the things he has been taught.” (1:4). We are also the recipients today of his writing so that we may know the certainty of the things that have been handed down to us, and have been taught to us. This calls for our faith in Jesus Christ today.
After Reading —- Reflection and prayer.
- Reflect on this question, “What does God speak to me today in this chapter?
- Meditation with listening “Halleluiah Chorus,” by Handel, “Halleluiah.”
- Pray that God’s word today be the way, the life, and the truth to you.
- Live it out through the day.