Today’s devotion is based on 1 Corinthians 15:1-34.
“I want to remind you of the gospel I preached to you,
which you received and on which you have taken your stand.”
1 Corinthians 15:1
Going for a country drive with my mom meant more than starting at Point A and ending at Point B. Depending on the route we’d take, stories rolled out as landmarks of her life flew past the car windows. Sometimes the history of her mother and father wove its way into the narrative.
Too often I disengaged from active listening. As a mental sigh went undetected by our family’s self-appointed oral historian, I knew exactly how long I could rest before commenting or showing involvement with the tale.
But now that Mom has been gone for five years, the details of the litanies are fading.
The memories of her days teaching in the one-room country school will be lost in the sound waves of countless others. The stories of my childish antics lack her first-person, mother-in-person, love-laced accounts.
At times I wish for one more chance to hear her details.
Today the Apostle Paul reminds us of the gospel:
Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures, and that he appeared to Cephas, and then to the Twelve. (1 Corinthians 15:3-5)
God understands that we need to be reminded, to frequently review the important basics, and have a format that can be easily committed to memory.
“Christ has died, Christ has risen, Christ will come again.” This simple creed is a beautiful phrase in the Eucharist, which itself is a reminder of the greatest love we will ever know. And each time we “break bread” we pause to remember.
How would it change our behavior to remember each time we eat that Christ died, was buried, came back to life, and will return just for us?
Let us remember today, and every day forth.