“Jesus himself stood among the disciples and their companions and said to them, “Peace be withyou.” They were startled and terrified, and thought that they were seeing a ghost…”
So begins the gospel appointed for this coming Sunday, the Third Sunday of Easter. Throughout the forty days following the Resurrection, Jesus appeared to the disciples in a variety of places and ways. In this account from the Gospel according to Luke, they were afraid and thought he was a ghost.
He reassures them that he is not, and asks for and eats the broiled fish they give to him. This account is gives us a picture of a full bodily resurrection, right down to eating fish.Ghosts don’t eat fish, broiled or otherwise. You can read it all here: Luke 24:36b-48
Often, it was only in hindsight that they recognized Jesus’ presence among them. In themoment, they were usually too full of their own concerns or assumptions to really see and recognize what was there, right before them.
Mary recognized him in the garden only when he called her name. Another time, the disciples knew him as he broke bread with them – but then he was gone.
How often is it that we recognize the presence of God only after the fact, or when something or someone grabs our attention by calling our name, jolting us into awareness?
And how many of these “God-incidences” have we missed altogether because we have been socaught up in our own concerns or assumptions?
Let us pray:
O God, whose blessed Son made himself known to his disciples in the breaking of bread: Open the eyes of our faith, that we may behold him in all his redeeming work; who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
Peace and blessing,