These next two weeks we are going to take some time each day to study and learn about the different appearances of Jesus after His resurrection. What better way to rejoice and celebrate than to look at real situations where the Lord touched the lives of others here on earth?
Each day will focus on a different appearance of Jesus. Some are very well known, but some are just small snippets in the Bible where it was said that the Lord appeared! My hope is that you spend each day reflecting on how the Lord is entering into your life after His resurrection. Whether that may be on the walk to Emmaus or on the appearance of Jesus to the 500, I want you to reflect on your life and see how the Lord is speaking and appearing to you.
In my life the Lord shows Himself very clearly through the kindness and love of others. Jesus appears to us even in the smallest of situations! Just the other day I was telling my kindergarteners that I had lost all of my pennies that I had been using for a game we were playing in class. Well, a few days later I had a small bag with my name on it that contained four pennies for me to use in class! I knew in that moment that the Lord was showing Himself to me through the small act of kindness that my kindergartener showed me.
When we take moments to understand and to recognize the Lord’s appearances in our lives we are so much more likely to be invited into moments of His joy and love for us. I encourage you to really spend time during these two weeks to open your eyes and experience the Lord in the everyday appearances in your life.
I lost my mother to suicide on April 13, 2016. She suffered with anxiety and depression for many years and often struggled with alcoholism due to it. The stress and pressures of this world became too much for her to bear and much to the pain and desperation of those she left behind, she found her way out of it.
When you think about Jesus’ Ascension, it feels like the story is unfinished. Jesus is ascended into heaven, but the disciples are left in a daze, thinking “What do we do now?” Thankfully, the angels reminded the apostles about the mission: “
In the Gospel, Jesus is speaking directly to 11 people, asking each to go forth doing His will and spreading His message. Jesus rose from the dead, and at that moment in Galilee the disciples began to understand everything being asked of them.
One majorly important thing to have when I was writing a paper or doing a project in high school and college was to cite and verify my sources.
I’ve recently been going through a period of waiting where God has been asking me to trust Him, and after several months where nothing seems to have changed, I don’t always feel like I have the energy to.
At the end of today’s passage, we get some very eye-opening (pun intended) words from our Lord. “Blessed are those who have not seen, and have believed.”
I’m not the kind of person who cries at the movies, but watching Silence made me want to cry. This movie is not a family-friendly, feel-good faith movie.
When I was a kid, one of my favorite books was The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe. My favorite part of that book was when the Stone Table broke.
How often in our lives do we completely miss the Lord? These men were Jesus’ disciples, yet did not recognize Him on the road to Emmaus.
“...Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to the see the tomb.” Mark tells us, in his Gospel, that they carried spices so that they might anoint him.
Mary Magdalene is the first person in Scripture to whom Jesus appears after His resurrection. She hears His first spoken words, and later on becomes the first evangelizer with her own words
Ladies, we did it! Rejoice in the Lord for He is good! I truly hope that this Lent has brought you closer to the Lord in whatever situation you are in life.