Saturday, April 24, 2010
The Stations of the Resurrection--Sixth Station--Jesus Appears to the Disciples in Jerusalem
("Jesus Appears to the Disciples After Resurrection," by Imre Morocz)
The Sixth Station--Jesus Appears to the Disciples in Jerusalem
Leader: O Risen Christ, Light of the world, we adore you;
People: You appeared and ate fish with your disciples.
A lively discussion ensued between the eleven and the disciples who had seen Jesus on the road to Emmaus. All of them had been afraid to tell what had happened to them, until each had admitted their story to the other. What could this mean? It was still hard for them to keep it all straight in their heads. The images of the crucified Jesus, the memories of wrapping him in his burial cloth, were still incredibly fresh, and confusing.
Suddenly, Jesus appeared in the midst of them. All of the conversation suddenly stopped, and all eyes turned towards him. The speechlessness of the disciples threw a heavy silence into the air.
Jesus broke the silence with a loving voice. "Peace be with you," he smiled, as he held out his hands and showed his feet to them, drawing them near with his hands, encouraging them to touch his wounds. "Don't be afraid." One can only imagine their joy as they reached out to him, held his hands, and hugged him. "Do you have anything to eat?" he asked. Someone gave him a piece of broiled fish. Again, all eyes were upon him as he ate it. He was really swallowing it and eating it--he MUST be real! This can't be a dream, a figment of the imagination, they thought. After enjoying the fish, Jesus began teaching them again. It felt like the good days before the crucifixion. The disciples smiled at each other as they listened. It felt too good to be true.
Leader: As Jesus stood before the disciples to teach,
People: They could scarcely believe the moment was real.
Leader: Let us pray.
(a brief period of silence is observed.)
we read your words, we attend worship, we speak your name,
but what we really crave is your true Presence
and the true Presence of your Son.
Enable us to see Christ's true face,
his wounded hands and feet,
and his resurrected body.
Help us to feel his true presence in us
during those times we partake of his body and blood.
Create in us his real Presence--
as real as the fish he ate in front of the disciples,
and renew us in our own resurrections.
Leader: Alleluia! Christ is risen!
People: The Lord is risen indeed. Alleluia!