During the readings for the Easter octave, one thing has been made apparent. The light of the resurrection can and does exist in a broken world where people continue to suffer, struggle and even doubt. Perhaps, one could even say that it exists precisely because of the frailty of the human condition.
We are reminded of how Jesus sought out His disciples after His resurrection and that although Thomas doubted, he was allowed to approach Jesus and even touch the wounds on His hands. Similarly, Jesus seeks us out and invites us to come close. Even those of us who doubt, are accounted for by Him. We are neither forgotten nor forsaken. Pope Benedict reminds us of the fact that Jesus is with us always and walks with us in the minutiae of our lives, no matter how ugly or despicable or doubtful. He died, rose from the dead and yet, continues to accompany us daily. Even death cannot prevent this! So let us take heart and continue to celebrate and delight in Jesus’ everyday victories in our lives regardless of where we find ourselves in our journey. There is hope yet! Alleluia!
How has Jesus visited you in the past Lenten season? How has He shown you that He is always with you?