“There were many other signs that Jesus worked and that his disciples saw, but they are not recorded in this book.”

John 20:30

Friday, 16 April 2021

John 20:19-31

As we journey in this time of Easter, we are privileged to witness and share the various resurrection stories. We see the many ways in which Jesus makes his presence known and consoles his disciples. He meets each one at their place of greatest need and vulnerability – calling Mary by name in the garden of the tomb; restoring Peter on the beach after his denials by inviting him to speak out his love; breaking bread with the disciples at Emmaus.

But not only are there other signs that Jesus worked that were not recorded, but the Risen Jesus continues to work signs now in our own lives.

If we take time to notice and become attentive to what is happening in our lives, we may discover a story of the Risen Jesus encountering us in this Easter season. For many of us, this pandemic is a time of grief, unsettledness, and for some, even despair. Each of us has particular areas of struggle and vulnerability. And it is there that Jesus will meet us.

It might happen through an encounter with a friend or the kindness of a stranger. It might be the sheer magnificence of a sunset that profoundly touches us. Let us pay attention this week to our resurrection moments – our personal encounter with the Risen Christ.

We will know when we have had an encounter with the Risen Christ, because there will be a sense of deep peace and joy. And we will know because that experience will spill over and touch others around us. While it might be intensely personal, an experience of the Risen Christ is never for us alone because its effects make us more fully the person we were called to be in the world.

As the resurrection encounters of the first disciples transformed them, they will transform us too.

Let’s consider:

Can you remember an encounter you have had with the Risen Christ?

Could you be attentive to seeking to recognise the Risen Christ in your life and story in these Easter days?

Dr Annemarie Paulin-Campbell

Dr Annemarie Paulin-Campbell has worked in the area of Ignatian Spirituality for 19 years and heads up the work of the Jesuit Institute School of Spirituality. Her primary focus is the training and supervision of spiritual directors and the giving of retreats. She is also a registered Psychologist and her PhD focused on the interface between Christian Spirituality and Psychology. Annemarie is an editorial advisor to “The Way” journal of Spirituality and has authored a number of articles relating to the training of Spiritual Directors in an African context. She has contributed to several books, most recently co-authoring a book of Lenten Reflections: “Long Journey to the Resurrection”. She has contributed to international conferences and consultations in Spirituality in the United Kingdom; the United States; Rome; Spain, Ethiopia, Kenya and Zimbabwe.

a.paulin-campbell@jesuitinstitute.org.za @annemariepc_c
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1 Comment
  • Mildred (Mitzi) Andersen
    Posted at 17:53h, 17 Apr

    This is so worthwhile, Annemarie. I needed it more than you can know. Bless you.

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