3rd Sunday of Easter
On Sunday morning, Mary Magdalene reported to the disciples, who were “mourning and weeping,” that she had seen the risen Lord. But they didn’t believe her. Later that night, two disciples excitedly reported to the group that they had met Jesus along the road as they were fleeing the city. They said that he instructed them and ate with them. The group didn’t believe them either. But while they were still relating the event, Jesus “stood in their midst and said to them, ‘Peace be with you.’”
He immediately asked the group two questions. “Why are you troubled? And why do questions arise in your hearts.”
Interestingly, Jesus doesn’t wait for the disciples to answer his questions. Instead, he calls their attention to the nail wounds in his hands and feet. He invites them to touch him – to feel his warm flesh. By doing this, he brings them into his reality. Yes, he suffered a horrible death, and his body still retains the marks of the nails. And no, he’s not a ghost. He’s flesh and blood. He even asks them for something to eat.
As he did with the disciples fleeing to Emmaus, he opened their minds to the scriptures that related to him. Then he gave them a commission: “Thus it is written that the Christ should suffer and rise from the dead on the third day and that repentance, for the forgiveness of sins, would be preached in his name to all the nations, beginning from Jerusalem. You are witnesses to this.”
For our reflection today, let’s put ourselves into this story. Let’s listen to Jesus asking us those same questions. What about Jesus troubles my heart? What are my questions that I have about him? After a prayerful reflection, ask a final question of yourself, how will I witness to him?
Precious Lord, open my mind to the meaning of the scriptures that I may know you. Open my heart that I might love you, my friend, my teacher, my risen Lord.
Daily Eucharistic Reflection – Center for Eucharistic Evangelizing (eucharisticevangelizing.com)
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