Reflection on 3rd Sunday of Easter: 5th May 2019

He looked just like everybody else

After the Resurrection we are dealing with a newly revealed presence. In every story we notice that the people involved do not recognise Jesus. Mary Magdalene thinks he is the gardener; the disciples on the way to Emmaus think he is another traveller, walking along the road; in today’s story, he is another fisherman standing on the shore. He looked like everybody else. The limited presence we called Jesus has become a universal presence available beyond all the limitations of space, time, ethnicity, nationality, class and gender.  Jesus has now become a universally available presence whom we call the Christ in whom “were created all things in heaven and earth; everything visible and invisible.” ( Col. 1:16)  The Christ Mystery is the indwelling of the Divine Presence in everyone and everything. All is an apparition of the Divine.

Albert Einstein is supposed to have said, “There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.” We opt for the latter when we learn to offer a daily ‘Yes’ to the forgotten reality that all creation is both the hiding place and the revelation of God.  Faith in God is to have confidence in reality itself, to believe that God is in the reality of our lives, that God is revealed in everything and everyone. Then, like John we can truly say, “It is the Lord.”

Richard Rohr ( Adapted): Homilies; The Universal Christ