Light a Candle to begin your prayer:
Almighty God open my mind and heart to your word as I read of your gift of the Resurrection. Amen
Read 1 Peter chapter 3 verses 18-22
For Christ also suffered for sins once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous, in order to bring you to God. He was put to death in the flesh, but made alive in the spirit, in which also he went and made a proclamation to the spirits in prison, who in former times did not obey, when God waited patiently in the days of Noah, during the building of the ark, in which a few, that is, eight persons, were saved through water. And baptism, which this prefigured, now saves you—not as a removal of dirt from the body, but as an appeal to God for a good conscience, through the resurrection of Jesus Christ, who has gone into heaven and is at the right hand of God, with angels, authorities, and powers made subject to him.
Reflection on Bible Reading:
The key to this reading is the phrase, ‘Proclaimed to the spirits in prison’. This is where Jesus descends to the place of the dead and shows himself to them. When we meet Jesus in ‘Hell’ or ‘Hades’ or ‘Sheol’ or the place of the dead he will show himself to us. We then must recognise him and follow him to heaven. Trouble is I’ll have to follow him with everyone else, including people I’d rather not know.
Pray this prayer aloud:
in your resurrection death is defeated
and everything is made new
Enable us to recognise you today
To build heaven on earth.