Knowing Jesus is Present
Have you ever tried to read a book and can't quite make out the word on the page? Maybe the print is too small, or the ink has been smudged on the page, but it is not legible. What do you do in this case? Normally, you interpret the sentence, skipping over the word and figuring out what best fits there later on. Living a life of faith, how often do we pass over God trying to be present for us, and instead make our own interpretation of the moment?
Being a student in Catholic Studies, it becomes easier to see God in everyday situations because that is what the schooling teaches you, the ways that one lives a morally good life, in connection with the history of the Church, Jesus and how this knowledge will be passed on to bring about a good present and future. However, even though the information is all laid out, and Jesus is so close to reach, to touch in the Eucharist, it is so easy to pass by and not recognize what is right in front of our faces. It's like having that word on the page that is smudged. It's so close, right in front of us, but something (this being water or whatever caused the smudge), has become a barrier and makes it harder to see, to understand.
Today's Gospel states:'But Mary stood weeping outside the tomb, and as she wept she stooped to look into the tomb; and she saw two angels in white, sitting where the body of Jesus had lain, one at the head and one at the feet. They said to her, "Woman, why are you weeping?" She said to them, "Because they have taken away my Lord, and I do not know where they have laid him." Saying this, she turned round and saw Jesus standing, but she did not know that it was Jesus. Jesus said to her, "Woman, why are you weeping? Whom do you seek?" Supposing him to be the gardener, she said to him, "Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have laid him, and I will take him away." Jesus said to her, "Mary." She turned and said to him in Hebrew, "Rab-bo'ni!" (which means Teacher). Jesus said to her, "Do not hold me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father; but go to my brethren and say to them, I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God." Mary Mag'dalene went and said to the disciples, "I have seen the Lord"; and she told them that he had said these things to her' (John 20:11-18). The woman was weeping and overcome with the grief of not knowing where Jesus' body was, that she didn't even realize that it was in fact Jesus speaking to her. She needed a wake up call, to take a step out of her perspective in order to see Jesus. Let us all step out of ourselves today and grasp the love of God that is right in front of us.
Today's prayer comes from 'How to know Jesus', a prayer for knowing Jesus now:
God says in His Word in Romans 10:9, that if we confess the Lord our God and believe in our hearts that God raised His son Jesus from the dead, we shall be saved. Today, if you feel like Jesus is calling you to a personal relationship with Him, and you are ready to follow His leadership in everything that you do, pray this out loud:
Jesus, I know that I have sinned and am in need of a Savior.
I believe that when you went to the Cross, you went there for me and all my sins.
I trust You to save me right now. I give you my life.
Today, I know I’m saved and that You forgive me, but help me to understand what it means to live for you every day. Amen.