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aemmausToday’s Scripture texts – as many in the post-Easter season – tell stories of healings or extraordinary events. The book of Acts of the Apostles finds Peter and John realizing their gift of healing (3:1-10) and the gospel of the “road to Emmaus” recounts an early sighting of the resurrected Jesus (LK 24:13-35). In both cases it is an inner knowing rather than an outer event that leads to the miraculous. The moral of both stories, it seems, is “Stay awake!”

Alan Cohen offers a similar adage in a more light-hearted way this morning, “Every minus,” he says, “is half of a plus, waiting for a stroke of vertical awareness.” (A Deep Breath of Life)

Do you get it? (You may need to read the Scripture texts for help. Here’s a hint: negative turns to positive with divine intervention.)