The gospels of today and last week give an undeniable declaration that God has acted for us; He has done for us what we can’t do for ourselves. And more than that – He has entered history to do it. For anyone who might have thought that God performed His miracle of redemption outside of this reality – that God just sort of ‘used’ Jesus – well – this mindset has been proven wrong.
Jesus Christ, born of Mary, born as a true man, has appeared after His resurrection; proving that He is something more than just man. That He appeared suddenly inside a locked room, showing us His wounds of love resounds that He is true God, a God who loves us.
And what this means to us is that from that moment on history was never the same. No more does mankind, even God’s chosen ones, wander through time looking for a reason, a path, a meaning for God’s plan. We have been given the answer for all these questions and concerns. We understand the path of history through the lens of God’s love and truth. Ours is to follow this path with these lenses; ours is to continue the witness that Christ reminded his apostles of in today’s gospel.
If this seems a hard task, well it might help to remember that this message of Christ, this historical action of His isn’t growing fainter with each passing day. It is ever fresh, always new. Every time a Mass is offered Christ’s passion, death, resurrection is occurring within history. Every time we participate in Mass we are in that upper room and realizing that God loved us so much He entered time to personally save each of us. And every time we are being told by Christ that we: “are witnesses of these things.”
My prayer for each of us is that we keep this meeting in the locked upper room, in our minds every time we hear the words of dismal “Go and announce the Gospel of Lord.”