April 3, Wednesday in the Octave of Easter
Rejoice, O hearts that seek the Lord. — Psalm 105:3
Mass Readings: Acts 3:1-10/Luke 24:13-35
Eyes Wide Shut?
Why do those who encounter Jesus after the Resurrection fail to recognize Him? In every Gospel, including today’s, the same thing happens: Although there’s no indication that Jesus is trying to disguise himself, or that His appearance is completely changed, His closest associates mistake Him for a stranger (or a gardener, or a ghost) until something opens their eyes.
Is there a chance that part of them didn’t really want to see Jesus? A beloved teacher who died was a concept they could handle. But a God who conquered death meant that their lives could never be the same. The Resurrection did not so much transform Jesus as it demanded transformation of His followers. And that leads to a hard question: Are my eyes open?
Prayer: Jesus, may I always recognize You without counting the cost.
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