I love this Sunday’s readings! At the octave of Paschal Joy, we hear of how God has the power to walk through the locked doors of the Upper Room and meet his friends. So too with us. Jesus can walk through our often harden lives, darken place, and bring us peace. But not peace in the sense of the absence of war and disruption, but peace is that which makes us whole. Pope Benedict XVI gives insight to the disciples feelings of their master rising from the dead:
For the disciples, too, this was something utterly unexpected, to which they were only slowly able to adjust. Jewish faith did indeed know of a resurrection of the dead at the end of time. New life was linked to the inbreaking of a new world and thus made complete sense. If there is a new world, then there is also a new mode of life there. But a resurrection into definitive otherness in the midst of a continuing old world was not foreseen and therefore at first made no sense. So the promise of resurrection remained initially unintelligible to the disciples. (Jesus of Nazareth, Volume II, p. 245)
As we move forward in the joy of Paschal Season, don’t remind in the shadow of Good Friday, but come to believe in God’s capacity to transform our often sterile and barren love into an eternal Love that changes our lives, gives it deeper meaning because it is rooted in the meaning of our existence.