“For it is in giving that we receive…and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.” – Prayer of St. Francis
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Jesus said to them, “Come, have breakfast.” And none of the disciples dared to ask him, “Who are you?” because they realized it was the Lord.
The scriptures tell accounts of how Jesus’ followers had mystical encounters with him after his crucifixion and entombment.
It was through these encounters that they realized death did not end the life of Jesus.
There was resurrection.
He lived as the Christ, the savior of all.
Through his transformation, they knew that they also could look forward to eternal life.
In these mystical appearances, his followers seemed to not recognize him until he broke bread with them, or fed them breakfast along a shoreline.
It was in his sharing life with them that they recognized him.
This Life is the Love of the universe.
God, who is love (1 John 4:8), creates everything in Love and from Love.
When we are in harmony with this Love, it readily flows through us to others.
When we die to ourselves, Christ comes to life in us.
I remember early in my chaplain training when I visited the ICU for the first time, entering the room of a man who was dying.
He was unable to speak, but as I held his hands and looked into his eyes, I felt it was Christ looking back at me.
I wouldn’t have recognized him from the hallway.
Then there was the time a group from my church visited our sister parish in Guatemala.
We stayed in pairs with host families.
When we were welcomed at the home we would be staying, the man who lived there gathered his family with us at table.
He shared cake with us, lifted a glass of soda, and made this toast:
“I have waited years for this night. Jesus said that when you welcome the stranger you welcome me. Tonight, I welcome Jesus to my home.”
And the truth is, in our communal sharing of the soda and cake, he met Jesus in us and we met Jesus in him.
Christ is most definitely alive.
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