We have all done it, haven't we? We meet someone, or we are introduced to someone,
and we talk – perhaps shyly or even with a polite lack of confidence at first – and
then, slowly, but with mounting inward embarrassment, we realise we know this person
after all. Indeed we may have known them very well at some time in the past, but
we lost touch and haven't seen them for years. We look at the person in amazement
and say to ourselves, “haven't they changed?” They look larger, or fatter, or thinner,
darker, greyer, balder, more bronzed, more athletic and definitely older. The change
of course, may be due to age, it might be due to a life threatening illness. Whatever
the reason, it has caused a change in their appearance such that, at first we didn't
recognise them at all. But then, as we chat, we sense that they haven't really changed
after all. Physically, perhaps, yes; but in themselves they remain the same person
we always knew. Later, when we look back on this reunion, we say to ourselves, “You
know, they've hardly changed at all!”
In many ways, the disciples experienced similar circumstances at the end of that
first Easter Day. They had seen him executed on the Cross and then, to make matters
worse, his body had disappeared – though some of them were certain they had seen
him. Now, here he was, in their midst. Or was he? “No, its a ghost,” they decide
– but then again, “No, it's not; it is Jesus.”
“Peace be with you,” he said, and when he spoke to them they knew it was Jesus. As
he showed them is pierced hands and feet, and ate a fish meal with them, they recognised
it was indeed the Jesus they had always known.
Yes, this was the same Jesus, and yet he is different too, for now he has conquered
death, and opened the doors of the Kingdom.
Jesus then commissions his disciples. They are to witness to him – the same Jesus
and yet, too, the now risen Lord Jesus. They now have good news to share with the
As Jesus commissioned those disciples, he also commissions us. We must look for him
and recognise him in every part of our lives. We must be alive to him, and alive
in him. Then we shall see him as he is, wherever he is. We shall become more and
more like him and be able to witness to him in all those circles and communities
in which we each live, move and work.
Lord Jesus Christ,
after your resurrection you appeared to different people
at different places and at different times.
Each had their own unique encounter with you.
It was only when you met with them,
face to face, that the truth dawned;
only then did they dare to believe you were alive.
Lord Jesus Christ,
we cannot see you quite as they did,
but we can meet with you and experience the reality
of your living presence.
Meet with us now, and live in us always
so that our lives might resound to your praise and glory.
Canon Dave 17th April 2021
Canon Dave’s Weekly Message
Today's reading makes me think of what our resurrected life will be like. Will my
mum and other family and friends who have been so special know what we are doing
now? We remember their quotations and little habits that have stayed with us and
recall these people at various moments in time either on birthdays or anniversaries,
or when certain things happen.
These people are still alive to us in our memories. Are we still alive to them?
I would like to think so!!
As we continue to celebrate the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ from the dead
over 2000 years ago, I have been having some thoughts about our loved ones who have
gone before us.
My mum would have been 94 last Friday. I remember how proud she was of me when I
was ordained at Derby Cathedral in 1987. She followed every step of my journey until
I went back to the Cathedral in 2009 as the Canon Precentor. Sadly she passed away
before I came to Edensor.