Third week of Easter
We are now in the third week of Easter. Between now and the Ascension of Jesus we will continue to hear and read about the many appearances which Jesus gave of His Risen Self over the forty days since His Resurrection from the dead and we will learn new lessons of who Jesus is, why He came and how we are to respond to His loving invitation.
Jesus says to all of us ‘Why are you so agitated, and why are these doubts rising in your hearts? Look at My Hands and My Feet; yes, it is I indeed. Touch me and see for yourselves; a ghost has no flesh and bones as you can see I have.’ Luke 24:38,39
Jesus lovingly admonishes the apostles who represent us and gently encourages them and us to have faith in Him – He willingly shows His wounds – physical evidence that He really is alive. The Jesus who was crucified is now alive for ever.
This may arise many questions within us. Bottom line, do we really believe that Jesus is alive? Our lives may be so full of sorrow and unbelief that we just gloss over the story of the Resurrection and at best hope that it may be true or that it is only true for others who have faith. We may struggle to believe and our minds fail to grasp the beauty of Easter, that Our Lord who died for us has come back to us and invites us into a relationship with Him.
However, if we do believe, then this belief should make a difference as to the way we live. We are an ‘Easter People’ and are to live our lives in the Light and the Glory of the Resurrection. We are called to be Children of Light and reject all that is dark in our lives – handing these things over to God who is in the Light.
St Paul tells us in Acts 17:28 ‘In Him we live and move and have our being.’ We are alive because Christ is alive. He holds us in His hands – if we are suffering mental, physical or emotional pain we too carry our scars on us and inside us. We can trust those Hands that hold us because they know all about suffering. Jesus’ Hands are forever marked and scarred by the nails which held His body to the cross. Our God is so loving towards us for Jesus is forever the Wounded Healer – He heals our wounds and makes us whole while He chooses to remain the Wounded One.
As we continue on our journey through the Easter Season, may we take Jesus at His word and ask Him to reveal Himself to us in a new and deeper way. May our prayer be;
Lord, we believe in You. Help our unbelief. Amen.