"The people saw him moving and giving praise to God." —Acts 3:9
The Lord told the prophet Ezekiel to wade through fields of dry bones (Ez 37:1ff). These bones represented the state of the chosen people, Israel. Then, the Lord told Ezekiel to prophesy over the bones. The bones began to rattle. This symbolized the Israelite nation beginning to rise from the dead. When something moves that can't move, it may be a sign of the Resurrection.
Peter and John healed a forty-year-old man who had been paralyzed from birth (Acts 3:7). When this man who couldn't move moved, ran, and jumped, it was a sign of the Resurrection.
The two disciples on the road to Emmaus were mentally and spiritually paralyzed. Jesus said they had "little sense" and were slow to believe (Lk 24:25), but soon afterward their hearts burned and their eyes were opened (Lk 24:32, 31). This interior movement was a sign and experience of the Resurrection.
Which bones need to rattle in your life? In what ways are you paralyzed? What doesn't move in your life? When you make a move to speak up for Jesus for the first time on your job, start praying with your wife as never before, go to Confession for the first time in a long time, move away from staring at the TV, go to Mass during the week, read the Bible daily, etc., these movements are signs of Jesus' Resurrection. Get a move on.
Prayer: Father, move me.
Promise: "Then they recounted what had happened on the road and how they had come to know Him in the breaking of bread." —Lk 24:35
Praise: Alleluia! Praise Jesus, risen Light, Hope, Lord, and God!
Reference: (For a related teaching on Developing a Deep Personal Relationship with Jesus, listen to or download our CD 52-1 or DVD 52-CH-1 at presentationministries.com or order our tape on audio AV 52-1 or video V-52.)
Rescript: †Most Reverend Joseph R. Binzer, Auxiliary Bishop, Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, September 28, 2015
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