Jesus is no ghost! “But they were startled and terrified and thought that they were seeing a ghost” (Lk 24:37).
Our Lord on this third Sunday of Easter is conscientious of proving to the disciples that he is real; that he is not a phantom or some vague spirit conjured from the dead. In the Old Testament the ghost of the prophet Samuel was summoned by the witch of Endor at the request of Saul (cf. 1 Sam 28). Ghosts were not unheard of.
Nor was a resuscitated person. Jesus had raised Lazarus (cf. Jn 11:38-44), the daughter of Jairus (cf. Matt 9:18), and the son of the widow of Nain (cf. Lk 7:11-17) back to life The prophet Elijah in the Old Testament had also brought a person back from the realm of the dead (cf. 1 Kgs 17:17-24). Jesus was not a resuscitated human being. His resurrected body is different than it was before. He has a glorified body. He can pass through walls and appear in two places at once and vanish in an instant (see the Road to Emmaus).
The glorified body of Jesus is in a new state of being. But it is still real and it still has properties that regular bodies have. Jesus has the wounds from before, and he can eat. He probably was not hungry, but he intentionally asks for food to prove that he is real and relatable. “While they were still incredulous for joy and were amazed, he asked them, ‘Have you anything here to eat?’ They gave him a piece of baked fish; he took it and ate it in front of them” (Lk 24:41-42).
I'm sure many of you do not believe in ghosts. Now, this is not the time to discuss whether ghosts are real, but I bet if an outsider were to see how we related to Jesus, that outsider would think we believed in ghosts. Why? Well, people are generally afraid of ghosts and do not relate to ghosts. A ghost is kept at a distance and not conversed with. You wouldn't share with a ghost your joys and struggles. If we don't pray and relate to Jesus, then we treat him as if he is a ghost.
The disciples in Jerusalem were the original ghostbusters. May we continue their ghost busting.
The St. Juliana Teen Ministry is today, Sunday April 15th at the 5pm Mass, followed by spiritual conversation, pizza and an open gym. We are excited to the welcome Notre Dame College Prep band who will provide the music for the Mass.
The Pastoral Council will meet tomorrow, Monday, at 7pm to review each commission's goals. On Tuesday I will be teaching a canon law class at Mundelein Seminary, but will return in the evening for my Tuesday Theology Talk at 7pm in the chapel, which will be on the Seven Deadly Sins.
There is no Religious Education this Wednesday, though Athletic Board will meet at 7pm in the school library. Please take a look at the books in the back of the church. There are some good titles if you are looking to learn more about your faith and deepen your prayer life. We will be giving away 33 Days to Morning Glory, the Consecration to Mary!
Father Michael Moore of the St. Patrick Fathers, who led the Parish Mission back in March, wanted me to express to you his sincere gratitude for your welcome and support of the Mission he provided. He also wanted to acknowledge the donations to the St. Patrick's Missionary Society, which totaled $2,097.00. Thank you to all who contributed to and attended the Mission.
May you all continue to experience the joys of our Lord's resurrection.
Yours in Christ,