This time of the church calendar, we get to celebrate the Resurrection of Jesus Christ. We also get to hear the stories of His time when he walked on earth in His resurrected form. Jesus, fully God and fully man, gave hope to the apostles and disciples that their faith was not in vain.
Sometimes, we find the most simple yet profound verses in scripture, like this one from the Gospel this past Sunday.
“Jesus said to them, ‘Come, have breakfast.’” (John 21:12).
We are often invited to put ourselves in the scripture verses, and I personally, being a follower of Jesus and a big breakfast fan, am more than happy to reflect on this short verse.
Into The Scripture Verse
The joy of Easter, the hope of the resurrection, and the full realization that Jesus is with us, eating breakfast with me, with you. Can you imagine the early morning smell of a new day, or the birds chirping their morning greetings as the water in the Sea of Galilee peacefully moves in the background?
Jesus was physically present with his disciples. He stood on the earth after having been dead and resurrected. His wounds always present in his body, the wounds that show the love he has for humanity.
We believe in the resurrection of the body. Thus, our bodies are not simply vehicles to store our souls, but in themselves have value. We are body and soul. This time of Easter helps us to see the importance that Jesus placed on his body. Allowing himself to be seen physically by his apostles. Eating together and allowing all the senses to play a role in helping us be present with Him. This is similar to the physical reality of the Sacraments.
Sacraments Lead to Renewal
St. Augustine states that the Sacraments are,
“the visible form of an invisible grace.”
When we see all the external factors of water, oil, or the laying of the hands, we know these physical objects and actions lead to deep interior renewal. This is especially true with the bread and wine, becoming fully the Body and Blood of Christ. This is a church that exists in the physical world but communicates spiritual realities.
Understanding Is the Key To Hope
This Easter season helps me to remember that my body and my soul have value. Jesus, our supreme teacher, gave us the key to understanding the role of our flesh and blood: to be given in service and love for another. To be present for others, as Jesus was present with his disciples when he had breakfast with them.
Soon we will celebrate when Jesus ascended into heaven. But until that time, we will continue hearing stories about Jesus walking on earth. Let us continue our reflections in the readings, and let us hope to be the physical reality of God’s love for others. Body and soul.
Daniel Quintero is a newlywed husband, writer, and avid karaoke singer. He currently attends Prince of Peace Catholic Church where he volunteers in the lector ministry and with faith formation. His favorite motto: “Awkwardness does not exist.”