Each year as we celebrate Easter and the season of Eastertide we are given the opportunity to renew and refresh our experience of Jesus’ Resurrection in the lessons and hymns and prayers of our worship. Our Eucharistic hymns also remind us that every Sunday is a commemoration of Jesus’ Resurrection.
Year by year we can hold the mystery of that great event close to our hearts, and learn again to treasure its meaning for each of us.
Several of our hymns remind us each time we sing them that Christ feeds us in the Holy Eucharist, and in our other prayer and worship as well. That is also part of the mystery for us to think about and cherish.
When we look at the ending of Mark’s Gospel read today I think we can recognize that it is much more abrupt than those of the other Gospels. It seems to be a synopsis of the experiences related in the other Gospels. For that reason we need to focus more on the fact of the Resurrection, rather than the details of the various accounts of the several appearances.
You may have noticed in the accounts of Christ’s Post-Resurrection appearances that those to whom Jesus appeared did not immediately recognize him. It was not until Jesus did something that they knew who it was.
He spoke to Mary Magdalene in the garden outside the tomb.
He broke bread for the two whom he met walking in the country.
He spoke to the others whom he met in a room where the doors were shut.
In the Fourth Gospel, after having spoken with the disciples who were gathered by the Sea of Tiberius, Jesus gave them something to eat.
When we are gathered together for worship, as we are now, our Lord feeds us also, in various ways, through the ministry of those called to do so.
Meditating on these things can help us to recognize the ways in which we are fed; and the ways in which we come to know Jesus.
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