The Appearance to the Disciples in Jerusalem
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2018 Thursday of the Easter Week
Acts 3:11-26; Psalm 8:2, 5-9; Gospel LK 24:35-48
Open Your Hearts
Today’s Gospel passage comes just on the heels of yesterday’s reading – the experience of the disciples who went to Emmaus. These two disciples come back to Jerusalem and describe to the others how Jesus was recognized by them (made known to them). Just as they were narrating their close encounter with the Lord, Jesus himself appears before the disciples and says: “Peace be with you”. Resurrected Jesus is the one who makes himself known to his disciples. He is the one who reveals himself to the disciples. In all the post resurrection narratives this is one aspect we see common to all of them.
The same Jesus who makes himself known to the first group of disciples – the Apostles, reveals himself to us – his disciples also centuries after those historical events. If our mission is to make Jesus known to others, please understand that, all our missionary endeavors are first and foremost the work of the Lord since it is he who prepares the minds of the chosen. It is he who makes himself known. Mission is Lord’s work. We are his associates.
When the Lord reveals himself, what is the response of the disciples? It is utter disbelief, fear and shock. The resurrection is beyond their comprehension. “They think that they are seeing a ghost.” Let us be humble enough to accept the fact that many of the mysteries of redemption are beyond the comprehension of our limited human brain. Let us not measure the depth of the ocean of God’s redemptive plans by our small yardsticks. Our eyes are blinded by disbeliefs, our preconceived notions of ourselves and God, our selfish motives, our distress, dejections, and disappointments and the gloom stemming out of failures.
At this juncture the Lord appears with lantern in hand, with a much needed sparkling and kindling of the spirit. He opens the heart. “Then he opened their minds to understand the Scriptures”. The light begins to spread from the scripture when the mind is opened by the Lord. They are the guideposts on the way when we feel we are lost. They are the lamp stands when we feel that we grapple in dark. The touch of the Lord and his invitation to be touched is enough to give comfort and assurance to a distressed and confused soul. Dr. Fr. Martin Mallathu CMI
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