APRIL 7, 2010- EASTER WEDNESDAY: ACTS 3:1-10; LUKE 24: 13-35

 

HOW SLOW YOU ARE TO BELIEVE! From the opening words of Genesis to the final chapter of the Apocalypse the Bible is permeated with a conviction that all the material universe and the human beings who populate the earth are only a portion of reality. There is another and greater world that is very real but invisible and hidden from the senses. This unseen world is more subtle, refined, and far more powerful than the sensible reality we at home with; it is the world where God is all in all, and its inhabitants minister to him and serve His purposes. It is accessible to us only by trusting faith.

 

This hidden God, far from existing in isolated distance, watches over our visible world that He created and communicates with it in a variety of fashions. At a particular point of time He sent his beloved Son, His Word through whom all that is was made, into this material world, as a man among us. But even this communication of His Son in the flesh did not remove the necessity of faith as the only door giving access to the invisible, transcendent reality of the divine Persons. So true is this law that Jesus remained largely unknown in his person so long as he was subject to the workings of the flesh. Although there were brief insights into the mystery of his transcendent personality only after his death and resurrection did his divine person become known for who he truly is: the Word of God made flesh.

 

Faith in our Lord was incomplete, lacking the solidity of conviction as to the divine nature of his person, until his resurrection from the dead and his manifestations in his transformed body. Even then this knowledge remained imperfect until the Holy Spirit imparted the gifts of the spiritual life to them. Faith includes a loving and trusting commitment made possible only by divine initiative. Today’s Gospel tells the story of how our Lord stressed the need for this living faith in order to grasp the workings of God in our world. Understanding, he makes clear, requires a belief that yields insight into the plan of God for this created world. He had made the same point in his appearances to the inner circle of his disciples in Jerusalem who were so confounded by his resurrection that they could not believe their senses until the Lord demonstrated his reality by taking food.

 

Here at this Eucharist we re-enact this same exchange between the transcendent world of the divine Persons and our world of material reality. The Eucharist makes the Son of God in his glorified body accessible to us but only if we approach him with robust faith. The Lord of glory communicates even with us, provided we make our self present to him with a loving, trusting faith. We are to have the same faith that he stimulated in the minds and hearts of his apostles in the Upper Room and in his two disciples at the inn of Emmaus. May our faith that Jesus lives and communicates with us even here and now give us the assurance and strength we need to witness to the truth of his resurrection by lives that put his teachings into practice today and all the says of our life. &


Abbot John Eudes Bamberger

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