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The Good News for the day, April 2, 2018

Monday in the Octave of Easter (261)

Both Mary Magdalene and the other Mary left the tomb quickly, afraid and yet happy, too. They ran to announce the news to his followers. Surprise! Jesus met up with them on their way—saying “hello!” They came up to him, fell at his feet, and kissed them in reverence. Jesus t said to them, “Don’t be scared. keep going—tell the family to go back to Galilee, and they will see me there.” While they were on their way, some of the guards went into Jerusalem and reported to the religious leaders everything that had happened. These leaders gathered together with the political leadership and debated. Then they gave a big bribe to the soldiers, telling them, “Tell everyone, ‘His followers came during the night and stole him while we were sound asleep.’ If this story gets to the ears of the governor, we will take care of him and keep you out of trouble.” The soldiers accepted the bribe; they did as they were told to do. This story has circulated among the Judeans to the present day. (Matthew 28)

It is not scholars—who discuss so many things well—but preachers and folks who notice these things—that Jesus surprises people. As a rule, in the Gospels, the apostles, disciples, women, fishermen—they just don’t see Jesus—HE SEES THEM FIRST—and then they realize it is him!

You and I don’t see a bearded middle-eastern 30-year-old with wounds in hands and feet to us. Did Jesus come, after the Resurrection, for a couple of weeks—and stopped showing up? Or—are you and I missing something?

Perhaps, seeing another human being—seeing—with eyes of faith—someone wounded and desperate, someone worn-out and struggling, someone disdained and humiliated, seeing someone carrying wounds from childhood, or wounds from their failings—perhaps this is the appearance of Jesus you and I need to look for. Let Jesus unfold himself—like magic—before your eye and here. You can see and realize the Child of God–the love which God incarnates in this individual, this human child with whom Jesus of Nazareth has identified Himself.

You may be surprised! It may dawn on you that you have been blind—and now you see. Jesus is always Himself, but you are called to change—and keep changing—to see impossibles, to realize what you see is surface, and The Good News explodes into your life in ways you precisely do NOT expect. Jesus is present in your life.

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