Reflections - Apr. 19, 2015

“While they were still speaking about this, he stood in their midst and said to them, “Peace be with you.”  Why are you troubled?  And why do questions arise in your hearts?  Look at my hands and my feet, that it is I myself.”  Lk. 24:36-39.
 
We sometimes think that after the Lord resurrected He no long existed among the disciples, overwhelmed, frustrated, doubtful, pain, persecutions, but quite the opposite, the disciples were human beings like us full of greatness but also with constraints, a product of original sin.
 
Perhaps it would be good to reflect on this phrase from the Gospel, “Why do questions arise in your hearts?”.  The disciples “doubt” that the Lord resurrected because they have lost their faith.  They are experiencing a deep spiritual desolation.  This lack of faith is what makes unexplainable believing that their friend after so much pain and suffering has returned to life.
 
Yet one of the manifestations of the Lord to His disciples is to give them “peace”.  A peace not as the world gives.  Christ’s peace brings comfort and joy.
 
Jesus by His resurrection wants to express to the apostles and to us, God’s people, that the Father never abandoned Him and that He defeated death and sin.  He wants to tell us that man’s fear of death has been conquered and that nothing can separate us from God’s love even beyond pain.  Sin and death do not have the last word.  It would be good to remember that Jesus did not resurrect for the beyond but for this life.
 
The Lord looks for us after His resurrection.  “He took the initiative”:  He stood in their midst”.  “He manifested himself in the breaking of the bread to the disciples in Emmaus”.  And He sends them “to preach in His name to all the nations the repentance for the forgiveness of sins”.  Lk. 24:47.
 
After we find Christ resurrected in the Eucharist let us ask Him to increase our faith and the question should be:  What will I do for the resurrected Christ in my family and my community?  Perhaps visit people living alone, or those that are sick. Greet those visiting our parish for the first time, or put my talents towards evangelization in the parish.  The risen Christ seeks all of us.  He is interested in everything.  Are you and I interested in everything?