Jesus himself stood among them and said to them, “Peace be with you.” 37They were startled and terrified and thought that they were seeing a ghost. 38He said to them, “Why are you frightened, and why do doubts arise in your hearts? 39Look at my hands and my feet; see that it is I myself. Touch me and see; for a ghost does not have flesh and bones as you see that I have.” 40And when he had said this, he showed them his hands and his feet. 41While in their joy they were disbelieving and still wondering, he said to them, “Have you anything here to eat?” 42They gave him a piece of broiled fish, 43and he took it and ate in their presence. Luke 24:36b-43
It is over one week since Easter Sunday. For many the decorations came down over the weekend and little thought is placed on the ancient call “He is Risen, He is Risen, Indeed!” It’s time to get back to “normal life”.
On one hand this is regretful, especially if we are not living as people of the resurrection. If “He is Risen” is only for Easter Sunday, then we need to reexamine our hearts and perhaps ask God for guidance on how to live the resurrection daily.
On the other hand, there is a natural flow between things. We have grand celebrations such as Christmas and Easter, and we have the daily grind. Or as Ecclesiastes said it: “To everything there is a season and a time to every purpose under heaven.”
Jesus exemplifies this with his resurrection appearance. He asks for something to eat – a normal daily occurrence. Not a grand meal, not a celebration, just something to eat.
Yet even this is different for this is the Risen Christ asking to eat with his followers, something special to celebrate in the ordinary-ness of the day.
As you eat today, picture Jesus eating with you – how would that change your meal? As you go through the “everyday-ness” of this week, picture Jesus with you, at your job, at the school, even as you vacuum the house. Reflect on your daily life with Jesus present.
And live the resurrection.