Today’s Gospel invites us to reflect on our life as a journey. Like the two disciples on the road to Emmaus, we may be running away from something that seems too heavy to bear: grief, disappointments, fears, tragedies like the Nova Scotia massacre, everything surrounding the ongoing COVID-19 crisis.
On this octave of Easter, the Gospel reveals to us a saving encounter. Peter and John have seen the empty tomb. Mary Magdalene has seen the Lord, and runs to tell the good news to the other disciples. You would think they would be out celebrating. But they are not. Afraid of the same authorities who had put their Lord and Teacher to death, they are in lockdown: hiding behind locked doors, afraid to let anyone in.
“If you have been raised up to new life in Christ, you must seek the things that are above, where Christ is seated at God’s right hand. Set your minds on what is of God, for you have died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God, sharing in his glory.”
Be Fearless, Be Joyful, Be Renewed: Living the Spirit of Easter
Fr. Lloyd Baugh SJApril 9, 2020
The Easter season—beginning on Easter Sunday and continuing for 50 days—is an opportunity for us to cultivate a spirit that defines who we are as Christians. So what does living the spirit of the Easter season mean in practical terms?
As we continue this time of isolation, I know that some of us are beginning to feel it quite intensely. There is something in the human spirit that longs to be connected to others, to be in physical contact, to see and hear and touch those whom we love.