The Easter Season readings are vibrantly alive with the recounting of the happenings surrounding the glorious Resurrection of Jesus. Rosemary Haughton writes in The Passionate God, “…the Resurrection is not a single event but the ever-extending ‘over-flow’ of the energy previously damned up by the power of sin and death”. During these weeks of Easter, we hear examples of this Sunday after Sunday. We read in the Acts of the Apostles this week of an early community that rose to the level of becoming a loving community of generous giving and forgiving in which no one was excluded and in need. What an ‘over-flow’ of energy is that!
In the Gospel we hear that Thomas would not believe when the other apostles told him Jesus was alive. He needed to see, to hear, to feel. The next we hear is that the Risen Jesus is inviting him to do just that, to see, to touch, to feel the wounds. Jesus concludes with this invitation to us all, “Blessed are those who have not seen and have believed.” Though we may not be able to see and touch the wounds as Thomas did, are we not compelled to truly see, gently touch and tenderly feel the wounds of sin and death in the hungry, thirsty, imprisoned, abused, lonely, undocumented, fearful, in anyone and situation in need? We trust in that ever-expanding ‘over-flow’ of Love Energy, the Risen Christ, to empower them and us. May we all, not only believe new life is possible, but realize that we are invited and privileged to prayerfully, joyfully, generously, courageously participate in this transforming process. Alleluia!