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By Fr. Joseph, MIC (Apr 16, 2009)
Readings: Acts 3:11-26; Lk 24:35-48
"It is I, Myself. Touch Me and see." Lk 24:39

The theme of recognizing Christ continues in today's Gospel. After Jesus had vanished from their sight, the two disciples had rushed back to Jerusalem, "where they found the Eleven and the rest of the company assembled" (Lk 24:33.) While they were recounting the story of "how they had come to know Jesus in the breaking of the bread," suddenly Jesus Himself "stood in their midst" (v. 36).

How does the group react? They panic. Why? Because they think they're seeing a ghost. They've seen bodies raised from the dead before, but this is different. This body still looks human, but has obvious spiritual qualities, too, and doesn't seem limited by the laws of nature. Jesus in His risen, glorified body can show up or vanish when and where He wishes. He can even walk through locked doors!

So Jesus has to reassure them that they're not seeing an apparition, but that He's really present with them. Imagine hearing Him say this to you from the Eucharist: "Look at My hands and feet; it is I, Myself. Touch Me, and see" (v. 39).

Jesus is really present in the Eucharist; alive as God and alive as a man. What does that mean? It means that in the Eucharist you are doubly loved. As God, Jesus has always loved you. But now, with His human will completely united with His divine will, He loves you in His full humanity, too. From the Eucharist, He looks at you with His human eyes, thinks about you with His human mind, loves you with His human heart. And His loving, living presence is as real as it was to that first group of Christians in Jerusalem.

Thank You, Jesus, for this awesome gift of the Eucharist. Forgive me, Lord, for any times I have failed to recognize You, treating You as an object instead of a living person. Amen. Alleluia!

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