Friday, April 9, 2021

Meditations on the Mysteries of the Rosary: The Resurrection

Luke 24:38-39

Happy Easter! In the Catholic Church we celebrate Easter for longer than just 1 day. There are 8 days in what is called the octave of Easter, and then the Easter “season” lasts until Pentecost Sunday, May 23rd. So I still get to say, Happy Easter! 

The Resurrection of Jesus is the first in 5 mysteries of the Glorious mysteries of the rosary. The story of the Resurrection to some, appears to be a fairytale. I think we have honestly been jaded by so much cynicism and hard life experiences, that it is nearly impossible for us to believe in real miracles. 

The Resurrection reminds me, we have a God of the impossible, and He enjoys surprising us when things look bleak and as dark as can be. One of my favorite passages surrounding the resurrection is when Jesus appeared to the disciples in Jerusalem. They were afraid and thought He was a ghost. 

(Luke 24:38-42) 

“Then He said to them, ‘Why are you troubled? And why do questions arise in your hearts? Look at my hands and my feet, that it is I myself. Touch me and see, because a ghost does not have flesh and bones as you can see I have.’ And as he said this, he showed them his hands and his feet. While they were still incredulous for joy and were amazed he asked them, “Have you anything here to eat?”’

First of all, they were incredulous (still couldn’t believe it) for joy. I love that phrase! That is where God wants us to be in our lives. And He intends to take us there. Not the unbelieving part, but so blown away by His power, we are incredulous for joy. 2nd of all, I love that Our Lord’s last resort after appearing to them and still dealing with unbelief, is to eat food in front of them! He is literally trying every possible way to say to them “I’m real! I’m here! I’m alive!” 

And He’s saying that to you now. Meet your savior, maybe for the first time, at the Resurrection, go to the tomb with Mary Magdalene, kneel before Him and dump all the impossibilities of your life out at His feet. Tell Him “I’m ready to see your power in my life.” Ask Mary his mother, to take your hand and lead you in that step of faith, to her glorious Son. That His miraculous grace, will flood your life. 

For more meditations on the mysteries of the rosary, click on the link in my bio/fb page and go to the menu tab “Meditations on the Mysteries of the Rosary” at the top. 

May the hope of the Resurrection fill your heart

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