In reality we are just in the second Sunday of this great feast of the Resurrection. Thirty-five days more of celebrating this feast of joy of allowing the Risen Lord to penetrate deep into our lives. In the vigil at our Church, I was amazed at the people singing over and over again the Alleluias, their faces radiated with joy that it was contagious in the whole Church. They have many problems, and are very simple and poor but all put aside to celebrate Easter.
The second reading, Saint Paul calls us to be witnesses which implies many things: we have to see what we do and how we do it. We have to see how we speak and how we live, how we act in our relationship with others and how we see the others.
When I read the gospel, some things struck me:
Jesus says, Peace be with you. Peace is a historical sign of the Resurrection. The Risen Lord is the one who brings the peace, which comes from the same life of God. Today as in the time of Jesus, the world needs to experience peace. In the Christian community, we are obligated to offer this peace.
Jesus said, Touch me and see for yourselves..... I know I would have been like Mary M. and wanted to give Jesus a hug. What an experience it must have been to see Jesus again risen. We experience this in our personal prayer with him.
There are 2 elements important in this reading: the Word and Bread. Theses 2 signs are real and historical of the presence of the Risen Lord in history. We as Christians should have an existential experience with the Resurrection so that our lives may enter into the dynamic of happiness, of solidarity, fraternity that has an effect in the construction of the community.
Some questions for reflection today:
How am I experiencing the Risen Lord in my life?
How do I live my faith in community?
Do I see the Risen Lord in those that I meet daily?
Alleluia Alleluia He is Risen!
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