It had ended, the Resurrection was being celebrated. Everyday life resumed, even though the Apostles tried to forget the tragic events of Good Friday. Now a new direction..they were still frightened, waiting for signs of threats when the next Sabbath came around. Perhaps they would meet the same fate as Jesus and be killed also. So, the Apostles decided to flee from the city and wait and perhaps start a new life. During this escape a man came to them and spoke to them , "Peace be with you." They were still startled and terrified. Jesus asks them, "Why are you frightened and why do doubts arise in your hearts?"
Jesus condemns the weakness of their faith. He spoke to them so many times, and His words supported His actions and His life. And now it appears all attempts have failed. They doubt the future.
What Jesus asked mostly, what He depended on, had already run out....they ran out of faith.
It is not easy to discern the constant presence of Christ. As students, the apostles wandering hearts glowed when he spoke to them...but because they felt let down and disappointed their eyes were weary and they did not recognize Jesus until the moment He sat down to dinner with them and He began to bless and break bread.
Many of us can also speak of disappointment and dissatisfaction with the words of God.
How do we justify?
Do we understand His way?
Along with the death of Christ our hopes die, but with His Resurrection to life our hopes rise based on God.
Jesus' presence also gives a new meaning to our way of life. Eating His bread, and sitting with Him at His table allows us to extract new strength which we will need further down the road.
Let us try in our own lives to find our way to the Upper Room, to a place where we can meet Jesus.
And when He comes to us, do not bypass Him. Let us be open to His word, and listen and talk to Him.
Let us also live everyday with Jesus in our heart.