You must be patient. Be like John.
Easter Sunday of the Lord's Resurrection
April 4, 2021 •
In the history of the Church, the people of God figure something out about Jesus quicker than the hierarchy does. They get there sooner.
Because of their great love and devotion for Jesus. They run faster….
We see that lived out even in this Gospel today. The Beloveds of the Lord run faster than the hierarchy. But, what do we notice from the example John gives us?
He never presupposes or presumes to act on his belief until the authority does.
So though you might get to something before I do, or Bishop Jugis, or the Holy Father, you wait outside until we catch up. And only after we have entered, do you then follow.
But there’s a far more personal interpretation that each one of us can take. It’s that Peter and John both represent each one of us. They represent, yes the Church as head and members, but they also represent each individual member of the body of Christ as the head and the heart. …
Christ will often place something on your heart before you will be able to understand it, and embrace it. In the end, the heart must always follow the head, even if the heart sometimes gets there first. ... This is why people who are drawn to the faith, drawn to Jesus, they can’t always explain at first why it is.
That’s this Gospel story come to life in them. This is Jesus bringing their hearts, but they don’t know what to do, they don’t know the next step. And that’s fine, it’s perfectly fine - they have to wait until their head catches up with them.
This is an important reflection, not just in this time of Easter and the new life of grace that has been bestowed upon us in Christ, but also each day. Each day we go through our struggles and our difficulties. Remember that more often than not, your heart is going to get somewhere first. But you must be patient. Be like John, and wait upon the head.
Acts 10:34a, 37-43; Col 3:1-4; Jn 20:1-9
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