Holy Cross at Prayer for April 26, 2020,
Third Sunday of Easter.
In the name of the Father and of the + Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
“And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he interpreted to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning himself.” (Luke 24:27)
“But Peter, standing with the eleven, lifted up his voice and addressed them: “Men of Judea and all who dwell in Jerusalem, let this be known to you, and give ear to my words. Let all the house of Israel therefore know for certain that God has made him both Lord and Christ, this Jesus whom you crucified.” Now when they heard this they were cut to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, “Brothers, what shall we do?”” (Acts 2:14, 36–37)
Peter is addressing the crowd at Pentecost, those believers upon whom the tongues of fire appeared and the Holy Spirit was breathed out on them. It is an exhilarating moment—one they most likely wanted to hold on to and stay in for at least a little while. But Peter next words cut them to the heart—“….this Jesus whom you crucified.” And in these words, they (and we) recognize their sin and their need for repentance. For that is part of what the Holy Spirit does in and for us—shows us our need for forgiveness —shows us our need for Jesus.
Prayer for Holy Cross Member
Let your grace be upon Kathryn (Peperkorn), O Lord, and teach her to hope in the resurrection of the dead and the life of the world to come. Through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.
Prayer of the Week
O God, through the humiliation of Your Son You raised up the fallen world. Grant to Your faithful people, rescued from the peril of everlasting death, perpetual gladness and eternal joys; through Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.