Future Worship at the East.
With his own suffering lying ahead of him in Jerusalem, Jesus reflects on two recent disasters in the area. They are not a punishment from God. Those who suffer are no more sinful than anyone else – but all of us need to repent, and to bear fruit worthy of repentance.
An errant son comes to his senses and returns home. A faithful son struggles with the welcome his brother receives. Their loving father goes out to meet each of them halfway, inviting them both to enjoy all that he has given them.
In an act of great passion, Mary anoints Jesus’ feet with perfumed oil. While Judas criticizes it as a lavish waste of money that could have been spent on the poor, Jesus defends it as a prophetic sign of his imminent burial.
Jesus finally reaches Jerusalem and arranges to enter the city on a donkey. As he joins the crowds of pilgrims arriving for the Passover festival, his disciples hail him as ‘the king who comes in the name of the Lord’ – to the annoyance of the watching Pharisees.
The women who followed Jesus to the cross are the first to discover that he has risen from the dead. At first, their testimony is met with disbelief, but it is confirmed by Peter when he sees the empty tomb for himself.
The risen Jesus appears to his disciples, first without, and then with, Thomas present. They see his wounds, receive his peace and the gift of the Holy Spirit, and learn what it means to see with the eyes of faith.
After a night of fishing, the disciples meet the risen Jesus on the seashore and eat breakfast with him. Peter, who had denied Jesus before the crucifixion, is restored and recommissioned by Jesus to care for his flock.
Peter is called to the coastal town of Joppa where a faithful disciple, Tabitha, has died. He raises her to life in Jesus’ name.
Peter tells the church in Jerusalem that the Holy Spirit has been poured out on Gentiles in Caesarea, as it was on Jews in Jerusalem at Pentecost.