How would we react if our best friend and mentor died (and we saw the body) and then he appeared to us risen from the dead? We would be at least a little bit disturbed or psyched out. It is almost impossible to imagine how the disciples of Jesus must have felt when they met with the Risen Jesus. Let us reflect on this reality today and ask for the grace to understand a little better the power at work in the resurrection.
This is the day the Lord has made; let us all be glad and rejoice in it.
35 The disciples of Jesus recounted what had taken place on the way, and how they had come to recognize him in the breaking of the bread. 36 While they were still speaking about this, he stood in their midst and said to them, “Peace be with you.” 37 But they were startled and terrified and thought that they were seeing a ghost. 38 Then he said to them, “Why are you troubled? And why do questions arise in your hearts? 39 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.” 40 And as he said this, he showed them his hands and his feet. 41 While they were still incredulous for joy and were amazed, he asked them, “Have you anything here to eat?” 42 They gave him a piece of baked fish; 43 he took it and ate it in front of them. 44 He said to them, “These are my words that I spoke to you while I was still with you, that everything written about me in the law of Moses and in the prophets and psalms must be fulfilled.” 45 Then he opened their minds to understand the Scriptures. 46 And he said to them, “Thus it is written that the Christ would suffer and rise from the dead on the third day 47 and that repentance, for the forgiveness of sins, would be preached in his name to all the nations, beginning from Jerusalem. 48 You are witnesses of these things.”
think: Trouble will never be far away from us if we allow ourselves to receive credit for the work of God. This is the worst kind of hubris imaginable.