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Incredulous for Joy

The disciples remember.
Their hearts burn within them.
They recognize Him in the breaking of the bread.

He appears.
He stands in their midst.
Again.

Peace.
Why are you terrified?
Why do you have so many questions?

Look.
Do you recognize these hands and feet?
It is me.

Touch.
This is my body.
This is my blood.

They look.
They touch.
They believe.

He is risen.
He is here.
Alleluia.

His body does not belong to the dead.
His body belongs to the living.
They were “incredulous for joy and were amazed.” (Luke 24:41)

Have you anything to eat?
Fish.
Sharing another meal.

He took it.
He ate it.
New life.

Come share.
Anticipate this new life.
Encounter this living person.

Listen.
Everything
is fulfilled.

Open your mind.
Understand
the Scriptures.

Christ was crucified.
He died.
He was buried.

He rose again
on the third day.
Alleluia.

Go forth.
Preach
in His name.

Repentance.
Forgiveness
of sins.

To Jerusalem.
To all the nations.
To your heart.

You have seen.
You have heard.
You are witnesses.

Be bold.
Be original.
Draw life from the Resurrection.

Gentle knocking
At the door of your heart.
Open wide to the freedom that awaits.

Freedom.
Freedom to give.
Freedom to receive.

Trust Him.
Follow Him.
Rest in His peace.

He is alive.
He is risen.
Alleluia.

How can you share your encounter with our Risen Lord?

Rose Coleman is a contemplative in action who delights in all things beautiful. Her adventurous heart has traveled many places—from circumnavigating the globe on a ship during college to some years in the convent as a religious sister. Exuberant from her childhood, she is an elementary school teacher who learns so much from her students. You can find out more about her here.

3 Comments

  • Reply
    Sandy Morris
    April 5, 2018 at 8:43 am

    This is just beautiful! Thank you for the realization that Jesus isn’t just talking to those disciples over 2000 years ago- He’s talking to me!

  • Reply
    Diane
    April 5, 2018 at 11:17 am

    Rose this is beautiful and strikes me in part because of the format. I’m wondering, did you write this while in prayer?

  • Reply
    Debra
    April 6, 2018 at 4:05 am

    Beautiful! Thanks Rose.

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