From the Word of the Day
While they were still talking about this, Jesus himself stood among them and said to them, “Peace be with you.” They were startled and frightened, thinking they saw a ghost. He said to them, “Why are you troubled, and why do doubts rise in your minds? Look at my hands and my feet. It is I myself! Touch me and see; a ghost does not have flesh and bones, as you see I have.” (Luke 24: 35-48)
The Apostles had just finished hearing the account of the two disciples of Emmaus and are still marveling when Jesus appears in their midst. “They were startled and frightened, thinking they saw a ghost.” Their eyes were not yet able to recognize the Master. The signs of the passion are not enough to take away the doubts from the heart of those men who had lived near Jesus for three years. Their incredulity in respect to the mysterious and extraordinary event of the Resurrection is truly great. “Do you have something to eat?” The Master does all He can to confirm His Resurrection, to open their eyes and heart to faith. Yet once more, He refers to the words of the Prophets and the Psalms, to His own words. Then their minds are opened. “You are witnesses of these things”. Jesus reminds them of their responsibility to share and to evangelize.
Today I will pray: Lord, give me a heart attentive to Your presence in our midst and grant that I may be a witness to Your love.
The Voice of Madeleine Delbrel, Convert
Let us not think that love is something that shines, but rather, something that consumes.