Lk 24: 35-48

Then they told what had happened on the road, and how he had been made known to them in the breaking of the bread.

While they were talking about this, Jesus himself stood among them and said to them, “Peace be with you.” They were startled and terrified, and thought that they were seeing a ghost. He said to them, “Why are you frightened, and why do doubts arise in your hearts? Look at my hands and my feet; see that it is I myself. Touch me and see; for a ghost does not have flesh and bones as you see that I have.”

And when he had said this, he showed them his hands and his feet. While in their joy they were disbelieving and still wondering, he said to them, “Have you anything here to eat?” They gave him a piece of broiled fish, and he took it and ate in their presence. Then he said to them, “These are my words that I spoke to you while I was still with you—that everything written about me in the law of Moses, the prophets, and the psalms must be fulfilled.”

Then he opened their minds to understand the scriptures, and he said to them, “Thus it is written, that the Messiah is to suffer and to rise from the dead on the third day, and that repentance and forgiveness of sins is to be proclaimed in his name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem. You are witnesses of these things.

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.

Jesus remains in our lives

As Jesus took a seat at the table between Mary and Philip, he noticed some leftovers from the meal his disciples had just enjoyed.  He pointed to a platter and asked, “Anybody want that fish?”  They happily passed it to him.

Jesus joined the disciples for dinner because he was worried about them and wanted to give them reassurance and hope.  He wanted them to know that he was still with them and very much interested in what they were doing.

Jesus wants us to know the same thing.  We might imagine that Jesus is up in heaven, talking to all the saints, and has only a passing interest in life here on earth.  That is not right; the resurrection stories tell us something different.  Jesus is very interested in what we are doing.  He is with us and concerned about us, even if we do not always notice.

—Fr. Dan Daly, SJ, is the treasurer of the U.S. Central and Southern Province of Jesuits and creator of the YouTube channel Bible Character Sampler. 

 

Prayer

Jesus, thank you for your presence with us and all those who hope in you.  Please help us to recognize that presence and witness to it through the examples of our lives. Amen.

—Fr. Dan Daly, SJ