Father Robert Presutti, LC
The disciples of
Jesus recounted what had taken place on the way and
how he was made known to them in the
breaking of the bread. While they were still speaking
about this, he stood in their midst and said to
them, "Peace be with you." But they were startled
and terrified and thought that they were seeing a
ghost. Then he said to them, "Why are you troubled?
And why do questions arise in your hearts? Look
at my hands and my feet, it is really I.
Touch me and see, because a ghost does not
have flesh and bones as you can see I
have." And as he said this, he showed them his
hands and his feet. While they were still incredulous
for joy and were amazed, he asked them, "Have
you anything here to eat?" They gave him a piece
of baked fish; he took it and ate it
in front of them. 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." Then he opened their minds
to understand the scriptures. And he said to them,
"Thus it is written that the Messiah would suffer and
rise from the dead on the third day and
that repentance, for the forgiveness of sins, would be
preached in his name to all the nations, beginning from
Jerusalem. You are witnesses of these things."
Lord, you are the source of all life because you
are life itself. Your resurrection gives me the hope
of being raised from the dead to rejoice with
you in heaven forever. I need to reflect more often
on the good you have done for us and
on your promises to those who put their trust in
you. Thank you, Jesus, for taking up your life
again and leading the way home to heaven. I love
you, and I want to follow after you with
all my heart. I want to cooperate more fully
with you in bringing many others to heaven with me.
Petition: Lord Jesus, bring me your Easter peace. Let
me share in your victory over sin and death.
May I live for you alone.
1. The Disciples’
Mixed and Changing Reaction to the Resurrection: The Gospel narratives
manifest the disciples’ volatile situation. They want to believe,
but lack confidence. They experience the sincere joy of
seeing Christ resurrected, but have not completely overcome their
cautious disbelief. The two from Emmaus recount their encounter, and
Christ himself appears to them. Yet even when he
is right there in front of them, they are
slow to believe. Our Lord’s patient, accepting attitude is
encouraging. He did not come for a meal, but takes
a piece of fish to help them believe. We
all have our moments of light and generosity, and our
moments of sluggishness and inner resistance. I want to
believe, but because it implies letting go of my
false securities, I need detachment and purification. Christ aids
my weakness by his nearness and closeness.
Is I Myself: Christ is not a ghost. He
is not a figment of my imagination, nor the result
of my wishful thinking––something too good to be true.
Christ is more real than my fears; his grace
is stronger than my weakness, more powerful than sin and
death itself. As the disciples have mixed reactions to
his presence, he invites them to get a grip
on themselves and reflect in faith. Reflection and contemplation
in faith always lead to the truth of Christ. Am
I living in an illusory world of my own
making because I’m not reflecting in faith on the realities
and experiences of my life? All I need to
do is overcome my incredulity with faith and trust
in the Christ.
3. Thus It
Was Written: The Cross was not a mistake.
Christ does not see it as a necessary evil. Rather,
“it was written”. In other words, it could not
have been any other way. Without the Cross, no
resurrection. Without the Resurrection, no experience of the fullness
of life, no hope for things to come. My life
too has its own experience of Christ’s cross. What
for me might be an unexpected twist, an obstacle
or a problem, is for the Lord a means of
purifying my heart, and bringing me to the Resurrection.
Conversation with Christ: >At times Lord, I fear
I am seeing a ghost, just like the disciples.
Your plan and will are so far beyond me that
at times I have difficulty distinguishing my own wishful
thinking or false hopes from your will and your
call. Help me to find in you the only source
of my hopes, and the One who will never
Resolution:Today I will speak of Christ’s
resurrection and the hope which it brings us.