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Saturday, April 3, 2021

Reflection 2021-04-04 Easter Sunday

Acts 10:34, 37-43; Psalm 118; 1 Corinthians 5:6-8; Luke 24:13-35
Resurrection of Jesus
The Resurrection of Jesus is a call to see Jesus from a different perspective. Since Jesus is God and he does not change, it is our perspective of him that must change. In our walk towards Jesus, he reveals himself to us in ways that only we can personally understand. In the First Reading, Peter preached about what Jesus did when he began his ministry. Peter spoke of him and the Apostles witnessing what Jesus did. But when he came to the death of Jesus, Peter just spoke of the death of Jesus and after three days, of the resurrection. Peter did not speak of the thing Jesus did. Instead, Peter spoke of Jesus appearing only to those whom God has chosen as witnesses, who ate and drank with him after he rose from the dead. Then Peter spoke of the command of Jesus to preach to the people and to testify that he is the one ordained by God as judge of the living and the dead. There are two things Peter pointed out in his testimony: Jesus ate and drank with his witnesses and the command of Jesus. Jesus did not do any more healing or preaching. He spent the days after his resurrection to prove he rose from the dead.
The perspective of Jesus as a political Messiah has to die with the Cross and the perspective of Jesus as the Messiah of God must be formed. We will never fully understand or know Jesus in this world, and I personally think it will take an eternity to know him. But this change in our perspective must start now. We must gradually discover and admit our idea of Jesus is wrong and must change. He is not who we think he is. He will not work the way we think he will. Instead, the image of the real Jesus must take shape.
The Gospel shows us two disciples who were probably running away from the possible persecution in Jerusalem. We are told they were arguing about what had happened then Jesus appeared. The interesting thing is they did not recognize Jesus and even if Jesus walked with them and explained the Scripture to them, they still did not recognize him. They still thought it was impossible for Jesus to rise from the dead. Even if they were told that the women were told that Jesus rose from the dead, they still would not believe. They finally recognized Jesus when they broke bread with this stranger.
There are two things we can take from the Readings today:
  1. Jesus proves his resurrection by eating and drinking with his witnesses. People recognize Jesus in the breaking of the Bread and of the drinking of the Wine. The early Church has believed the Bread and Wine celebrated in the Lord’s supper is the true Body and Blood of Jesus. This is proven by the writings of the Church Fathers.
  2. We must let go of our idea of Jesus so Jesus can reveal his true self to us. While we can know God through reason, the full knowledge of God, or intimacy with God, cannot be achieved through human knowledge alone. God has to reveal himself. Jesus became man so he can reveal his Father through our encountering him. St Paul tells us in the Second Reading: let us celebrate the festival, not with the old yeast, the yeast of malice and evil, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth. Sincerity is not enough, it must be accompanied by the truth.
Lord, let me let go of my ideas of who you are. Let it die so I can open myself to what you reveal about yourself. I want to live the new life you have won for me, reveal yourself to me.

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