Sunday, April 18, 2021

Luke 24:36-48 Looking for Jesus -Third Sunday of Easter
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In today’s reading, we see Jesus appears to his disciples but they didn’t recognize him at first and they were still not sure. While in their joy they were disbelieving and still wondering. Before this story, there is another story about how some people came to believe which is also familiar to us. The story of the two people meeting Jesus on the road to Emmaus. They walked with Jesus but didn’t recognize him but when Jesus broke the bread and shared a simple meal, their eyes were opened. Then they run to tell the others. When they arrived, they learned that Simon had seen Jesus as well. While they talked about these incredible things, Jesus appears once again and offers them peace. Then, they respond with surprise and terror when they found Jesus standing suddenly among them, just like any of us would do if our deceased loved ones suddenly showed up to us. When they are still afraid, Jesus offers his friends “Look at my hands and my feet; see that it is I myself. Touch me and see; for a ghost does not have flesh and bones as you see that I have.” The gospel of Luke doesn’t tell us whether some of them touched him bravely or not.