1st Reading: Acts 3:11-26
Responsorial Psalm: PS 8:2AB and 5, 6-7, 8-9
Gospel: LK 24:35-48
“Why are you troubled?”
“And why do questions arise in your hearts?”
Jesus has appeared to his disciples, alive and in the flesh. They are afraid they have seen a ghost. Deep down, perhaps they are afraid of more. If Jesus is truly risen, he has the power to meter out the consequences they deserve for deserting him in the Garden of Gethsemane. Yet instead of judgement, Jesus’ first words to them are “Peace be with you.”
After committing the Original Sin, Adam and Eve hid from God in the garden. Ever since, we have had a sense that our sinfulness requires us to hide from God. We begin to see God as an angry God we are better off hiding from and avoiding.
The Resurrected Jesus comes back to find his hiding children. While Original Sin caused Adam and eve to hide, Jesus after redeeming us from sin appears to the apostles in the locked room. He meets his hiding children not with wrath, but with peace.
So why are we troubled? Why is our image of God sometimes of a wrathful punisher? Are we perhaps still hiding from this God?
“He opened their minds to understand the Scriptures” – the God of Scripture is a different God than the wrathful punisher. His mercy endures forever. One of the best ways to truly internalize is through reading Scripture. Reading the Gospels helps to understand who Jesus is and how He has revealed Himself to us: as a merciful, loving, living God.
Do not be afraid!