Luke 24, 35-48:
Sunday, 18th April 2021 (3rd T P B)
There are many Christians who have doubts about the event of the Resurrection of the Lord and offer some opinions which, it seems to me, do not agree very well with what we can deduce from the Gospel accounts. Some are of the opinion that it is not the body that is resurrected, but the soul. Others that it is simply the soul, which does not die. There are even those who speak of reincarnation rather than resurrection?
It is possible that some things are not well understood: – he appears in a place when the doors are locked; – at first they do not recognise him, even though only three days have passed; – not everyone sees him…
But there are other aspects that Jesus himself makes clear: – it is I, I am not a ghost…; – look at the signs of the nails…; – touch me and see that I have flesh and bones…; – have you anything to eat there; – you are witnesses to all this. And he also says to them: Everything written about me in the Law and the Prophets had to be fulfilled. Whoever believes in me will never die, and I will raise him up on the last day….
Jesus makes himself present in the midst of the community. This is the paschal reality lived by the first witnesses. And this is what we have to live. Our task as Christians is to make him present, and this is only possible through love for others.
Juan Ramón Gómez Pascual, cmf