May 5: Jesus In a New Way “Known in the breaking of Bread”
After Jesus had risen on Easter, he appeared among his followers in different ways until the time of his Ascension. Two men were walking the road to Emmaus and deeply troubled by the crucifixion of Jesus. A fellow traveler joined them and when they reached their destination, the two invited the third to share a meal. It was not until then that they recognized the third man was Jesus.
May 12: Knowing Jesus in a New Way “Known In Doubt”
We also wondered about Thomas, ‘the doubter.’ Jesus had appeared to the some of his disciples but Thomas could not believe because he did not see. Later Jesus came to the disciples again while they were all sharing a meal and Thomas upon seeing Jesus, fell to his knees. Jesus’ response was, “Blessed are those who have not seen and still believe.”
May 19: Knowing Jesus in a New Way “Known in the Morning”
The Eastertide journey continues. Jesus keeps appearing unexpectedly. He had risen on Easter – Alleluia! – but he just kept showing up in surprising ways before his ascension. John’s gospel tells us that Jesus’ disciples made the long trip to Galilee as Jesus had instructed them and stopped at the Sea of Galilee. Fishing was unsuccessful until someone tending a fire onshore called out to them to throw their nets to the other side. John recognized that the man on shore was the Jesus! Jesus gave Peter special instructions, “Feed my lambs… tend my sheep… feed my sheep.” Wonder at home together what Jesus might have meant.
May 26: Knowing Jesus In a New Way “Knowing In Making Him Known”
Jesus has risen but has not ascended into heaven. His disciples meet him on a mountaintop in Galilee, just as Jesus asked them to do. “Go everywhere. Tell my story, even this part, to everyone. Show everyone how to be good disciples.” Jesus said more to them, “Tell them the story so they can become part of it.” Baptize them in the name of the Father, and the Son and the Holy Spirit”. Then in their dismay they heard him say, “i am with you always to the end of the age.” Then he was gone.