Thursday Octave of Easter
Luke 24 35-48
We are resurrection people. You thought it was hard to give something up for Lent! Now it is the time to truly believe in a way as we have never before done. It’s not enough that we stare into the empty tomb and say, “Christ is risen!” It’s not enough to believe in the resurrection. At some point we have to move from the event of the resurrection to experiencing the resurrection. Experiencing resurrected life begins with recognizing the risen Christ among us. That is the gift of Easter and it is also the difficulty and challenge described in today’s gospel.
In our Gospel, Cleopas and his companion are telling the other disciples how Jesus appeared to them on the road to Emmaus when Jesus, again, shows up out of nowhere, interrupting their conversation. “Peace be with you,” he says. They see him, they hear his voice, but they don’t recognize him. They “thought that they were seeing a ghost.” In their minds the tomb is open but their minds are closed. They are unable to recognize the holiness that stands among them.
As resurrection people, we are to put away our fears, our doubts, and our lack of trust. Christ our God longs and desires to open our minds to understand the scriptures, to understand all that has been written, spoken, and revealed about him in whatever form that happens and has happened.
Think about a time in your life when you lost track of time. I don’t mean you forgot what time it was, but that you were so awake, so present, that you entered a new world. Those are the moments when Christ opens our minds to understand. They are moments of awe and wonder that leave us in sacred silence.
Resurrected living happens in these moments. Let us never lose sight of them. It happens now in this Eucharist, as Christ comes to us in his body and in his blood. Let us live as resurrection people, believing in all of God’s words for us!