Now after he rose early on the first day of the week, he appeared first to Mary Magdalene, from whom he had cast out seven demons. She went out and told those who had been with him, while they were mourning and weeping. But when they heard that he was alive and had been seen by her, they would not believe it.
After this he appeared in another form to two of them, as they were walking into the country. And they went back and told the rest, but they did not believe them. Later he appeared to the eleven themselves as they were sitting at the table; and he upbraided them for their lack of faith and stubbornness, because they had not believed those who saw him after he had risen. And he said to them, “Go into all the world and proclaim the good news to the whole creation.
New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.
They did not believe Mary Magdalene—that He had risen and is with us!
The Disciples did not believe several of their brothers when they shared their story— that He had risen and is with us!
If we asked ourselves what signs convince us Jesus in our midst today, what examples would we come up with?
The beauty of sunrise on Lake Michigan at 6:00am while driving into another stressful day at work?
A family (not yours) performs Irish Music on St. Paddy’s Day for a convent of cloistered Carmelite nuns. (Thanks for all the prayers.)
You observe someone carrying bags of groceries from Church to a neighbor’s house on Food Sharing Sunday?
Your neighborhood priest stops by the hospital ICU to visit a relative…because “he was in the neighborhood.”
A group from your parish supports Jesuit school building projects in Peru and East Africa.
A middle aged, wheel chair ridden ALS patient looks you in the eye and says…”Keep the Faith”.
(Name your team) makes it through the first round of the NCAA Tournament.
I believe the Risen Jesus is in our midst today. All we have to do is take the time to see him.
—Bill Burke has been a member of the Midwest Jesuit advancement team for three years; he is currently on a leave of absence.
Life-giving Jesus, alive and risen in our world, strengthen my steps throughout this day.
May everything I accomplish today, with each person I meet, speak your joy and hope. Amen.