Reflections - April 15, 2018

“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. 24:38-39
 
Upon reading this Gospel it seems that the Lord is speaking to our society when He says:  “why do questions arise in your hearts?”
 
We live in a global social environment where the culture of technologies can be very good if they can help you in the plan to know and serve God, but it can also be an obstacle if we lose all ability to reflect on the meaning of our lives and our spiritual values by making these technologies an “idol” that offers false happiness through gratification of the senses and of the here and now.  In these environments it is sometimes difficult to reflect on the faith in the living and resurrected Jesus, Christian values, and spiritual life.  All of these technological realities do not fill “the absence of God” because the Lord can only fill the absence of God.  It is very easy that in this “culture of the death of God” for the mind to be dulled and to seek “false gods”, new age booklets of self-help…., “recipes that do not give inner peace” and that only the risen Christ can give you.  Remember that sometimes group profligacy gives one no time to think.
 
The apostles also lived a crisis of faith.  On the one hand there was what they expected from Jesus as the liberator of their Roman enemies and their lust for power, and on the other hand there was Jesus’ Plan of Salvation, a change of life, a repentance of our sins, and faith in Him as our Savior.
 
Today Jesus asks us the same question that he asked the Apostles.  “Why are you troubled?  Why do questions arise in your hearts?”  The Lord is asking you why you are asking questions about the meaning of life. Jesus calls you to discover His resurrected face through prayer, the bread of the Eucharist, Scriptures, and forgiveness through the sacrament of Confession.  Jesus, living and resurrected, sends you as a baptized Christian to be a witness to His resurrection to the worldly limits of your family, social, and community life bearing witness to His love and the hope of Christian life.