Capsule for the Day
Luke 24:35-48 captures the reality of fallen humanity. It is only natural that we lose sight of the reality before us when we are immersed in our own reality. Many a time, our own reality is that of fall, of struggle and of sin. This reality distorts our vision. We mistake Christ for a ghost. We can only see what we consistently imagine or think about.
For the apostles thought about their betrayal of Christ. They also thought about the possibility that He might not have been the Christ. They doubted and the evidence of His death confirmed their doubt. With this background, one could only but take Christ for a ghost. They couldn't see the Christ because they were occupied with their own thoughts.
Christ challenged their thinking by appearing to them, drawing their attention to Himself and to the mission ahead of them. It is only when their mind is taken off their preoccupation that they recognise Christ. In the same vein, it is only when our minds are taken off our own reality that we recognise Christ and the reality of the New Life He offers us.
Fr. Francis Afu