Scripture Reflection for Easter Sunday
Posted on 04. Apr, 2012
Fr. Con writes …
Which came first, the chicken or the egg? I am inclined to think that it was the egg. Whatever gave birth to the first chicken egg was not a chicken. It was very like a chicken. It looked liked a chicken but its DNA was slightly different from the egg it gave birth to.
The risen Jesus was different from the Jesus who died on the cross. He was and is still both human and divine but his humanity has been transformed. It was his humanity that died on the cross, that lay dead in the tomb for three days and it was his humanity that rose from the tomb. His risen humanity burst out of the tomb in a similar way to which the chick bursts out of the egg.
He is the same Jesus but different. Mary of Magdala mistakes him for the gardener. His disciples on the road to Emmaus cannot recognise him. He can appear suddenly in a locked room. Yet he is not a ghost. He eats and drinks with his disciples. Thomas can touch Jesus’ wounds and put his hand in his side.
By rising from the dead Jesus has brought humanity to a new level of existence. In Jesus the human race has evolved. We can hope to share in Jesus’ resurrection each day and after our death. Not hope in a vain way but with confidence because Jesus has promised us that where he has gone we too will follow.