Why Are You Troubled?
“Why are you troubled?” The risen Jesus says this to the disciples when he appears to them in Jerusalem. They are struck with both amazement and fear. Well, wouldn’t we be filled with a mix of emotions as well? What they are witnessing has never happened before. No one has come back from the dead--until now. And we, like the disciples, even though we know the prophecies of the Hebrew Testament, like they did. Even though we believe, like they did, our belief is still limited by our finite humanity, just as theirs was. “And why do questions still arise in your hearts?” Well, because we are human. All of us, in our finiteness, are riddled with hopes and doubts. That’s just the way we are. More often than not for us, “seeing is believing.” There is a part of us, the doubting Thomas part of us, that simply does not trust something unless we can see it and touch it. This is especially true if that something is of a transcendent nature, that is, something like the Resurrection. Because we are flawed, because we can not know everything, we are subject to the kinds of feelings that Jesus is seeing in his disciples here in this passage. He knows this of course and he immediately begins to address these doubts with them. He is addressing the faith of the disciples here, as well as ours. “Look at my hands and my feet.” Look! See! He invites them to come and touch him. He is no “ghost.” He is flesh and blood. He asks them if they have any food. They give him a piece of fish and he eats. Then, just as he did with the two disciples on the road to Emmaus, he reminds them…
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