Endings & Beginnings

Endings and Beginnings . . . with a little help from Luke 22 & 24.

I have been faced with a lot of “lasts” lately.  The company I have worked at for the last 12 years was bought and being an accountant I’m on the “turn the lights off team”.  I attended the last annual meeting, the last holiday party, the last team meeting and many last lunches as co-workers moved on before me.  I was getting sadder by the day and then it occurred to me that without the Last Supper there could have been no Resurrection so although these lasts might be bitter sweet; they hold much promise. 

The Last Supper (or was it?): 14 When the hour came, Jesus and his apostles reclined at the table. 15 And he said to them, “I have eagerly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer. 16 For I tell you, I will not eat it again until it finds fulfillment in the kingdom of God.” 17 After taking the cup, he gave thanks and said, “Take this and divide it among you. 18 For I tell you I will not drink again from the fruit of the vine until the kingdom of God comes.” 19 And he took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body given for you; do this in remembrance of me.” 20 In the same way, after the supper he took the cup, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood, which is poured out for you."

It was the last supper this group of friends were to have together but all through the night, Jesus alluded to something new; a new beginning that would be more wonderful than anything they had experienced so far.  I wonder what it was like for the apostles to listen to Jesus that night and in the nights that followed, trying to believe that there was any life at all after this amazing thing they had been part of.  And then . . .

New Life: 37 They were startled and frightened, thinking they saw a ghost. 38 He said to them, “Why are you troubled, and why do doubts rise in your minds? 39 Look at my hands and my feet. It is I myself! Touch me and see; a ghost does not have flesh and bones, as you see I have.” 40 When he had said this, he showed them his hands and feet. 41 And while they still did not believe it because of joy and amazement, he asked them, “Do you have anything here to eat?” 42 They gave him a piece of broiled fish, 43 and he took it and ate it in their presence. 44 He said to them, “This is what I told you while I was still with you: Everything must be fulfilled that is written about me in the Law of Moses, the Prophets and the Psalms.” 45 Then he opened their minds so they could understand the Scriptures. 46 He told them, “This is what is written: The Messiah will suffer and rise from the dead on the third day, 47 and repentance for the forgiveness of sins will be preached in his name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem.

And so it is with endings; beginnings are born of endings, we need to believe and trust in the future that is being designed for us.  Today I pray for faith; faith for a mind open to the idea that God has plans for me, plans for a new beginning that will bring joy and fulfillment.

Mary McManigle

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