Easter Sunday C
Christian conversion is promoted by conversation. This section is a response to and a development on the knowledge gained from the commentary section.
This Sunday's Exposition
Learning something new, especially something significant is not a simple straightforward adding of one piece of knowledge upon another. Rather a change in our understanding requires experiencing a whole range of emotions, some of them conflicting, some of them unpleasant. Real, lasting change takes time and can comes at a personal cost. In the Resurrection stories, we see puzzlement, agitation, doubts, fears and a sense of personal inadequacy as well as joy and delirium. As the disciples come to terms with the fact that Jesus is not just revived but resurrected, they struggle through all these emotions and more. The differing disciples make the transition at differing speeds and as we shall see in the later Gospel stories and in Acts, they backslide as well as enter more deeply into the mystery of Resurrection faith.
In Luke’s Gospel it is the women who ‘get it’ the quickest and their understanding is inextricably linked to remembering the teaching Jesus gave in Galilee. So much of that teaching called for not only a faith in Jesus but also a change in behaviour – one that called for humble service of each other, a spirit of forgiveness and love shown to all. Which leads to another aspect of growth in knowledge of Jesus Christ. It truly only occurs when it is made concrete in our behaviour. As we strive to make his teaching a reality it our lives, we can, like the women. ‘get it’ and not only know the reality of the Resurrection but proclaim it by our way of life.