April 21

Reflection

It is interesting that in the gospel narratives it is the women who first learn of Jesus ‘resurrection. They rush to tell the apostles and are met with disbelief. The two disciples on the road to Emmaus tell their story and are met with disbelief. Finally, the apostles experience Jesus themselves and “he upraided them for their disbelief and hardness of heart.” It is very difficult for those of us who are grounded in the factual to accept what seems out of the realm of the practical. We do not believe what seems impossible. We miss the insights from the intuitive and sensitive parts of ourselves. It is also difficult for us to get beyond our stereotypes and prejudices and believe that those we see as inferiors might have the truth.

 Prayer

Lord, I believe; help my unbelief.

 Action

I will try to live a balanced life rooted in reality without ignoring the intuitive and imaginative parts of myself.

Suggested Reading

Now when he rose early on the first day of the week, he appeared first to Mary Magdalene. She went and told those who had been with him, as they mourned and wept. But when they heard that he was alive and had been seen by her, they would not believe it.

After this he appeared in another form to two of them, as they were walking into the country. And they went back and told the rest, but they did not believe them.

Afterward he appeared to the eleven themselves as they sat at table; and he upbraided them for their unbelief and hardness of heart, because they had not believed those who saw him after he had risen And he said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to the whole creation.”
Mark 16: 9 – 15

Reality is that which, when you stop believing in it, doesn’t go away.
Philip K. Dick

Some things have to be believed to be seen.
Madeleine L’Engle

We are not human beings having a spiritual experience. We are spiritual beings having a human experience.
Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

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