Happy Easter! Here’s wishing you and your loved ones all the blessings of the risen Lord.
Speaking to a centurion and his family, St. Peter says that the risen Jesus chose to appear, “not to all the people,” but only to himself and the other disciples, “the witnesses chosen by God in advance”. He didn’t appear to everyone, it was just a few people.
Peter then goes on to say something even more surprising: God had commissioned him and the others “to preach to the people and testify”. Rather than make a proclamation from heaven for all to hear, God chose ordinary, everyday people to share his good news. In other words, he chose people just like us.
Why would God choose such a humble, risky strategy? We may never know the full answer, but here are two possibilities:
First, Jesus wants us to experience his love through each other. He wants us to feel his presence through the generosity, the affection, and the humility of his followers. That’s why he has called us to be a Church – so that he can work through us to change the world.
Second, Jesus trusts us. He was confident that, with the help of his Spirit, Peter and Mary Magdalene and the rest could accomplish something beautiful for him. In the same way, he trusts you. He knows you won’t always get it right but if you set your heart on loving people as he loves them, you will make a difference. Christ is risen! May we all proclaim it through our love!