Thursday : 25th April, 2019
1st reading: Acts 3:11-26, Psalm 8
Gospel: Luke 24:35-48
Luke 24:39 Look at my hands and my feet. It is I myself! Touch me and see; a ghost does not have flesh and bones, as you see I have.”
I had the opportunity to visit the Blue mountains in Australia and I can remember the look on my face and the overwhelming emotion I felt while standing from a view point. The grandeur and the beauty of the site leaves one lost for words. It was as though the canopy of trees and the blue skies above them were shouting ‘we did not happen by chance because there is a master craftsman behind this.
We are sometimes told to ‘see God in His creation’ because in the visible, we get a glimpse of the invisible and from the finite, we are drawn into the world of a limitless God. In today’s discussion, Jesus could have gone along the lines of ‘if you do not believe what I have told you and still see me as a ghost, that’s up to you’. Instead, he used His physical body and actions as teaching aids to build faith.
Many of us tend to forget that besides the fact that faith is spiritual, there is a physical component. Jesus invited his disciples to look, to touch and to bring him food; which he ate in front of them. This in no way negates what is written in Hebrews 11:1 that ‘faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen’; it only reveals another dimension.
Beloved, the process of building faith in ourselves and others, sometimes starts with the tangible; the visible. Those disciples could see Jesus and feel His wounds. For them, that experience was the key to gaining greater understanding of the resurrection. So let us not only treat faith as an abstract concept, because it is more than that.