Thursday, April 9, 2015

Flesh and Bones

In today's gospel Jesus appears to the apostles and seeing their surprise says,

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

On one level this is a statement about the difference between the resurrection of the body which we profess and a belief in ghosts and spirits or zombies which we do not.

On another level it is a reminder that Christianity is more than a spirituality. Being Christian is more than saying you believe in Jesus or the Church. A truly Christian Faith must have flesh and bones. It must be lived in the hear and now. Reading the Bible, prayer, meditation, reception of the sacraments must all bear fruit in our daily words and actions or they become a phantasm of real religion. The post-ressurection encounters with Christ were not apparitions. The Jesus who appeared was as real as the Jesus who had taught them prior to his death. This is unique claim of Christianity that we worship a God who so loved us that he became incarnate, showed us how to live a truly human life, died and truly rose from the dead (neither zombie nor ghost) a resurrected man.

In baptism we died and rose and now are called to walk as resurrected men and women, to live the new life we received. May our faith today have flesh and bones that it may be seen so that in seeing others might believe