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THURSDAY IN THE OCTAVE OF EASTER

The Octave of Easter is a sacred moment to encounter Jesus' many appearances in different times and place. After the Emmaus experience, he appeared to the Eleven disciples in flesh and bones. I bet if we were in the Upper Room with the disciples when the risen Christ suddenly appeared, we would have a similar reaction. We would have been troubled and amazed just like the Eleven. The Resurrected Jesus is not a ghost which all of them probably thought at first. They didn't recognize him as expected. They were in disbelief not because it wasn't true. Before all of them ran away in fear and trembling, the risen Christ asked them to touch his hands and feet. Even after all the touching, Jesus sensed it wasn't enough. Have you anything here to eat?, he asked. He got hungry talking with them and ate baked fish. Jesus' resurrection is a physical resurrection. it is a corporeal appearance but not that of the historical Jesus. He was not a ghost or pure spirit and soul. Thanks be to God for the four Evangelists who showed us in writing the resurrection appearances whose differences continue to enrich us. Amen.