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  • Nico Quintos

Touch and See

We encounter the disciples in the aftermath of the resurrection, grappling with disbelief and confusion. Jesus appears among them, and they are frightened, thinking they are seeing a ghost. But Jesus reassures them: "Why are you troubled, and why do doubts arise in your hearts? Look at my hands and my feet; it is me. Touch me and see because a ghost does not have flesh and bones. As you can see, I have."


We, too, may sometimes find ourselves tempted to perceive Jesus as a ghost-like presence in our lives, a distant and intangible figure. Sometimes, we struggle to grasp the reality of Jesus' presence among us, especially in times of doubt, fear, or suffering. When the storms of life rage around us, when the path ahead seems dark and uncertain, we cry out, "Where are you, God?" 


Jesus is not a distant, intangible figure from a long time ago. As St. Augustine tells us, God is closer to us than we are to ourselves. God knows our joys and our sorrows, our hopes and our fears, our faith and our doubts. Jesus walked the dusty roads of Galilee, laughed and wept with his friends, and shared in daily life's struggles and triumphs. He shares everything we experience, even death, so we can share everything he experiences, including his bodily resurrection. Death does not have the last word. The Author of life, Jesus himself, has the eternal word.


Like the disciples, may we recognize the risen Christ in our midst. He is not a ghost. He is not a distant intangible figure from a long time ago. 


Jesus is closer to us than we are to ourselves. NQ

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