Gospel Luke 24:35-48
“They were still talking about all this…”
We celebrated Easter Sunday about 3 weeks ago and in our busy schedule that can see like ancient history. Easter however, is more than this isolated event. For the fifty days which span from Easter to Pentecost, we are still in the Easter season, and one thing continues to be at the centre of our thought and reflection. The resurrection.
It is not just in this Easter season, but every day that we, like the disciples in today’s Gospel, are taken with this fact - this reality of Christ, raised from the dead.
There is little more fascinating than this claim - that their friend, a guy who they lived with for three years, whom they saw arrested, beaten and publicly executed physically rose from the dead.
Christ’s bodily resurrection is something that all the Gospel’s recount. Importantly, Jesus chooses to demonstrate his physical, bodily resurrection in two primary ways, both of which convey special meaning.
Firstly, he shows his wounds, asking his disciples to touch them and see for themselves. Secondly, he asks to be fed.
These two actions of Christ demonstrate his full, bodily resurrection. Not only that, but they point to a way which we can experience the risen Lord here and now - in touching the wounds of those who suffer and in feeding the homeless.
In one of Jesus’ parables, he directly identifies himself with those who suffer, admonishing his followers to feed the hungry, give drink to the thirsty, to welcome the stranger, to clothe the naked, to visit those who are sick or imprisoned.
Let us pray that we would be more like those disciples, so consumed with wonder at the Risen Lord that we would still be talking about this, and that we would not be afraid to touch the wounds of those who suffer, and feed those who go hungry.
Let us pray that we do not allow the great mystery of the truth of the resurrection to leave us unaffected.