Saturday; 20th April, 2019
1st reading: Genesis 1:1-2:2
Gospel: Luke 24:1-12
Luke 24:5 The women were terribly frightened and bowed their faces to the ground, but the men said to them, “Why do you look for the living among the dead?
Fish dwell in water bodies so though a cliche, fishing is done in water. Anyone who goes fishing in the desert will be imagined to be on a wild goose chase- a futile pursuit of something deemed unattainable. Therefore, the question posed to the women in the Gospel presents a focal point for deliberation: ‘why do you look among the dead for the living?’
This question is asked with no figure of speech intended; it is asked directly and literally and seeks to find an answer to exactly what the words connote. However, to us today, the dead and living does not make reference to a person, but to things pertaining to situations, relationships and opportunities. We are simply being asked to think about why we keep looking in the wrong places for the very things we need?
Beloved, when you begin looking for the living among the dead, it is going to be a waste of time. You will expend significant effort and resources all the while, on an unproductive quest – a wild goose chase because from the very onset, you are in a no win situation. No one around you may actually know what you seek, but since you have a fair idea, you can think about ‘where have you been looking for what you need.
Sweetheart, there are some things which are intended only to be found in specific environments, under particular conditions and within clearly defined parameters. Anything outside these, and one searches in vain. So again, where have you been looking for the things you need? Have you been looking for opportunities in the wrong places? Seeking for security and peace in the wrong relationships? Finding counsel from the wrong friends?
Simply put, my dear, have you been looking for ‘the living among the dead?’