The Risen Christ Brings Us Peace And Healing
Readings: 1st: Acts 5, 12-16, 12; Ps 117; 2nd: Rev 1, 9-11: Gos: Jn 20, 19-31
This brief reflection was written by Rev. Fr. Njoku Canice Chukwuemeka, C.S.Sp. He is a Catholic Priest and a Member of the Congregation of the Holy Ghost Fathers and Brothers (Spiritans). He is currently working at the Sanctuario del Espiritu Santo, en Dorado, Puerto Rico, del Internacional Grupo Espiritano De Puerto Rico – Republica Dominicana. For more details and comments contact him on: firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com.
Today is the second Sunday of Easter. The church and her faithful continue to worship the risen Christ who is now alive forever and ever. Christ is now present in our midst, bringing healing and Peace.
In 1997, a night before the burial of the afro beat music legend, Fela Anikpuola Kuti I witnessed a solidarity parade by his fans. What really struck me was the song they were singing. It was a popular Christian song that they converted in honour of the afro beat music legend:“He is alive, Amen! Fela is alive forever, he is alive.”
They were right in a sense. At least, he lives in the annals of history and in their memories. So, if the disciples of Fela (a mere man) strongly believed that he lives on, why should we Christians not believe that Christ the son of God lives in glory?
In today’s first reading, we see the power of the risen Christ at work in the life and actions of his disciples. Through this power, many believed, and miracles were worked. Jesus manifested his living and glorious presence through his apostles. Hence, in our second reading, He assures us: I am the living one. I was dead, and now I am to live forever and ever….”
In today’s gospel, Jesus visited his timid disciples. This gospel teaches us that our faith is distinct from a mere sensible knowledge. This visit to his disciples was very significant. First, it was in order to convince them that he was real. Second, it was in order to restore their faith and peace.
Hence, he said to them: “Peace be with you.” Third, it was in order to empower them spiritually. So, “He breathed on them saying: “Receive the Holy Spirit.” Christ’s visit restored their courage and faith. However, it took time for Thomas to believe that Christ has risen.
Doubt and fear limit the greatest effort and power in the world. They make it difficult for one to believe the wonders that God has worked by resurrecting Christ. Therefore, we must expel the spirit of doubt and fear from our lives in order to experience the power of the resurrected Christ. Also, let us embrace the peace that Christ brings to us this Easter.
The power of Christ’s resurrection brings healing and peace to our body and soul. It also restores us to life. This was the reason he was resurrected. Paul says of this power: “…If the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead lives in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies…” (Rom 8, 11).
Today, Jesus reassures us of His living presence with us in a more substantial, powerful and glorified way. We therefore need to tap from His resurrection power in order to live as he lives.
However, before we can experience this power and become its witness like the apostles, first we mus cast away all doubts and fears. Hence, our situation must shift from doubting to the manifestation of a living and active faith in the risen Christ.
Finally, as we bear witness through our words and actions to the resurrection of Christ, let us give thanks to God because, He considered us worthy of sharing in the power of the risen Lord. His love and mercy for us endures forever.
Peace be with you.