Their Eyes Were Opened! A Guest Blog Post by Christie Perrin.
In the weeks following Easter, we spend much time reading from the Acts of the Apostles. This is an intentional decision by the Church, as we welcome our newly baptized catechumens and simultaneously recall our own re-creation in Christ. Just like the early disciples, we long for the risen Lord and the coming of the promised Paraclete, His Holy Spirit. As we continue to enjoy the Easter Celebration and joyfully anticipate the coming of Pentecost, I invite you to read the prayerful words of my dear friend, Christi Perrin, as she ponders the marvelous mysteries of our resurrected Lord. Enjoy!
Their Eyes were Opened! by Christie Perrin
Mary Magdalene, Peter and John, and the other apostles did not recognize Jesus when He first appeared to them after His Resurrection. Jesus will not appear to them in the same form as He did before his crucifixion. His presence on earth is now different, forever changed. We need to look for Him, be aware of His presence in the face of others like our spouses, children, or even strangers. He is with us in our daily lives and activities but we don’t always notice Him.
Jesus is the driver of the car just in front of me at the toll booth who surprisingly paid my toll one day when I was taking my daughter back and forth across the bridge to physical therapy following knee surgery. Jesus is in the voice of the neighbor who called just to compliment me on doing a good job raising my son and his accomplishments following a conversation they had earlier that day. Jesus is in the hearts of my daughters when they donated their own money to the mission of a visiting priest to our parish. Jesus is in the life of a friend who has taken her aging father into her home to care for him and brings him to daily Mass to receive the Eucharist despite his declining health.
Jesus is there with us; sometimes we just aren’t aware its Him or sometimes we just aren’t looking for Him. The disciples didn’t notice Jesus until He broke bread with them and started ministering to them again. When we struggle to find Jesus after the Resurrection, turn to prayer and the sacraments. He is with us in the presence of Bread and Wine! Jesus is available and with us daily! Be aware in life of the presence of Jesus around you! The more our lives involve and revolve around Jesus, the easier and more often we will notice Him with us! HE IS RISEN!
Christie Perrin is a Catholic wife and mother residing in Madisonville, LA. She has dedicated the past 23 years of her life to raising five children in the Catholic faith. She and her husband felt a strong desire to be an example of faith to their family which led them to volunteer in various areas of their parish church and school. Recently, Christie has felt called to share her knowledge and experience with other families, so they can live and pass on the faith to their children.
Closing 3:00 Prayer for Divine Mercy.
Eternal Father, I offer You, the Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity of Your Dearly Beloved Son, our Lord, Jesus Christ, in atonement for our sins and the sins of the entire world.
For the sake of His Sorrowful Passion, have mercy on us and on the entire world. (Repeat two more times).
Jesus, I trust in You. Amen
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