Octave of Easter

Picture the Risen Lord lightheartedly greeting His baffled friends and followers. Mary Magdalene mistook Him for the gardener. (“Mary!”) Two disciples heading to Emmaus thought that Jesus might be the only one around who didn’t know the things that had occurred in the past few days. (“What sort of things?”) Mistaken for a ghost, the Lord asked the Disciples for something to eat. When He appeared on shore and Peter jumped into the water, what could the Lord say? Peter and John later found themselves in hot water but told authorities they could not stop speaking in Jesus’ name. When we find it hard to recognize the Lord’s presence in our lives, what makes it impossible for us to stop believing?