In the name of the Risen Lord. Amen.
“Always be ready to make your defense to anyone who demands from you an accounting for the hope that is in you.” That line comes from today’s reading from 1 Peter, and is, in my opinion, one of the most important verses in the Bible. Another translation puts it slightly differently- “Whenever anyone asks you to speak of your hope, be ready to give an answer.” If, when you walk out of church today, someone stopped you and asked “what gives you hope” or “why do you believe,” how would you respond? This is one of the most important questions that we can consider in our faith. This Easter season, as we celebrate the power of the Resurrection in our lives and in our world, how would we describe that Easter hope to others?