Gospel Luke 24:35-48
“They were still talking about all this…”
We only celebrated Easter Sunday 3 weeks ago and yet, with our busy schedules that can seem like ancient history. Easter however, is more than this isolated event. For the fifty days which span from Easter to Pentecost, we are still in the Easter season. More than this though, the reality of the resurrection, which we celebrate at Easter is something that should colour every aspect of our lives.
It is not just in this Easter season, but every day that we, like the disciples in today’s Gospel, are taken with this fact – this reality: Jesus Christ, raised from the dead.
There is nothing more fascinating than this claim – that this man: a man whom the Apostles had lived and travelled with for three years, whom they saw arrested, beaten and publicly executed, physically rose from the dead.
The disciples in today’s reading were still talking about all this when something unique happened – Jesus himself stood among them.
Importantly, Jesus chooses to demonstrate his physical, bodily resurrection in two primary ways, both of which convey special meaning.
First, he shows his wounds, asking his disciples to touch them and see for themselves. Second, he asks to be fed.
These two actions of Christ demonstrate his full, bodily resurrection. More than that, they point to the way which we can experience the risen Lord here and now – in touching the wounds of those who suffer, and in feeding those in need.
In this we have the opportunity to encounter the risen Lord – whose resurrection is not simply something that happened in the past, but an ongoing event.
We should pray that we would be more like those disciples, so consumed with wonder at the Risen Lord that we would still be talking about this, and that we would not be afraid to touch the wounds of those who suffer, and feed those who go hungry.
Let us pray that we do not allow the great mystery of the truth of the resurrection to leave us unaffected.
Point to Ponder
The Christian message announces the permanence of the fact of Christ, as a continuous happening – not something that happened once – but as something that still happens. This is the Christian message indicating the visible, historical face of the Church, which is the people of God from the social point of view and the Body of Christ from the profound, ontological point of view. This is the way in which the Church emerges in history as a phenomenon. It is a community conscious of its exceptional origin, an integral part of life, inherent in the flesh and blood of life.
Luigi Giussani, Why the Church? p. 203.