Gospel of Luke 24:35-48
It was written that the Christ would suffer and on the third day rise from the dead.
The disciples told their story of what had happened on the road and how they had recognised Jesus at the breaking of bread.
They were still talking about all this when Jesus himself stood among them and said to them, ‘Peace be with you!’ In a state of alarm and fright, they thought they were seeing a ghost. But he said, ‘Why are you so agitated, and why are these doubts rising in your hearts? Look at my hands and feet; yes, it is I indeed. Touch me and see for yourselves; a ghost has no flesh and bones as you can see I have.’ And as he said this he showed them his hands and feet. Their joy was so great that they could not believe it, and they stood dumbfounded; so he said to them, ‘Have you anything here to eat?’ And they offered him a piece of grilled fish, which he took and ate before their eyes.
Then he told them, ‘This is what I meant when I said, while I was still with you, that everything written about me in the Law of Moses, in the Prophets and in the Psalms, has to be fulfilled.’ He then opened their minds to understand the scriptures, and he said to them, ‘So you see how it is written that the Christ would suffer and on the third day rise from the dead, and that, in his name, repentance for the forgiveness of sins would be preached to all the nations, beginning from Jerusalem. You are witnesses to this.’
I hear in this Gospel and invitation to experience Jesus with all of my senses.
Jesus invited the disciples to use all their senses and their fear turned into joy. He invited them to see him, touch him, attend to the aroma of grilled fish and taste it with him. Their joy was so great they stood dumfounded.
Do I attend to all my senses in contemplation? What can I see, hear, touch, taste and smell in my imaginative prayer?
When do I experience joy in life? Is this an indicator that my God might be close? With what senses am I experiencing joy?