3rd Sunday Easter
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
Just what was happening emotionally with these disciples? They had already heard the story of Jesus’ resurrection from the women who had gone to the tomb and they disbelieved that. Later, that night they heard Peter testify to seeing Jesus. They believed him enough to proclaim to the disciples returning from Emmaus that ‘Jesus had risen!’ Now when Jesus himself stands in their midst their emotions go wild and they simply cannot get a handle on what is happening. The verbs used by Luke are all extreme - dismay, terror, confusion, joy, doubts welling up in their hearts. They seem to be exploding all over the place. Jesus grounds them, first by making it clear how real he is physically. Touch me, watch me eat. Then he opens their minds and hearts to realise that what had happened to him wasn’t God patching up something that had gone horribly wrong but rather was according to the plan of God, a plan worked into the history of the people of Israel.
What are we to make of this? It seems that our experience of Resurrection suffers from the opposite of what happened to the disciples. In our calm, serene, orderly proclamation we may have missed just how earth shattering this event was. How can we change that? Maybe by seriously considering just what Jesus said to them? The thought that Jesus is physically present, somewhere, somehow disturbs our notions of reality. The thought that God is working inexorably through the sad and grand history of humanity confirms our desire that God is with us at all times but still makes us a little uncertain as to where God really is. As we consider, no, are disturbed by, these ways of viewing reality, may Jesus, too, touch our minds and hearts to perceive the divine love that desires to erupt in our world.