April 27, 2014
John 20:19-31
1 Peter 1:3-9
Acts 2:14a, 22-32


Pound of flesh demanded
Easter 2


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David Coffin
It is the time of year for the last push of demands before the summer season beckons upon the horizon. The children's school system is squeezing in as many meetings as possible for parents. Teachers are trying to push assignment and test dates before the even warmer days arrive in May and June. Many church organizations have their denominational gathering about this time of year. They have business they hope to have wrapped up so staff and volunteers can take the summer off out of the area or on mission trips.

Some people are still paying off their credit cards from the holidays. Other families are experiencing a sudden surge of bill collectors, advertisers, and volunteer organizations requiring their time, money, or commitments. This is the time of year that many groups demand a major pound of flesh in whatever form that takes. Easter Sunday was last week. Now what? Not many people get days off from work or school aside from "Good Friday." It is as if the daily grind and rat race resumes the Monday morning after Easter eggs, new clothing, and for some the biannual trip to "church" (until Christmas). The "constant" in this universe liturgically is the remembered "Doubting Thomas" text in John 20:19-31. However, these texts address those people and families who are living in the reality when a pound of flesh is demanded from their daily lives and personal resources....

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