In today’s Gospel we hear the story of one of the many appearances of Jesus after the resurrection. In spite of his salutation, “Peace be with you,” his disciples are still frightened and believe that they are seeing a ghost.
Why are you troubled? And why do questions arise in your hearts? Look at my hands and my feet, that it is I myself. Touch me and see, because a ghost does not have flesh and bones as you can see I have. (Luke 24: 38–39)
In today’s Gospel we hear the story of one of the many appearances of Jesus after the resurrection. In spite of his salutation, “Peace be with you,” his disciples are still frightened and believe that they are seeing a ghost. Jesus’ invitation to look at him, to touch him and to watch him eat finally convinces them that he is not a ghost or a figment of their overwrought imaginations. It’s in the common, ordinary things of their everyday lives that Jesus’ disciples find him alive among them.
What about us? Do we find Jesus in the common, ordinary things of our everyday lives? Do we find his compassion in the understanding and support of our families and closest friends? Do we recognize his overflowing generosity in the food that we eat, the clothes that we wear, and the places in which we live and work? Or do we miss finding Jesus in the commonplaceness of these things and events?
On the other hand, do the people with whom we come into contact recognize Jesus in us? Do they find in us His compassion, his patience, his generosity, his acceptance, his understanding, his peace?
This reflection has turned into a lot of questions. It may seem that they are without answers. However, if you ask them of the Risen Christ honestly—that is, being open to whatever answers may come—and if you stop to listen to the Spirit within you, you will find the answers waiting within your heart.
Sr. Clare Boehmer, ASC