John 20: 19-34 HOMILY
Jesus is on the Loose –
Post Resurrection appearances
Garden – Mary (John/Mark)
Garden – Mary, Mary mother of James, Salome Joanna (Matthew)
Peter – (Luke)
Two Disciples /Emmaus Road (Luke)
11 Disciples/upper room (Luke / John)
12 Disciples 8 days later (John)
7 Disciples at Sea of Galilee (John)
Or Mt in Galilee (Mark)
500 people at same time (1st Corin)
James (1st Corin)
Apostles – ate meal (Acts)
Ascension (Mark / Luke)
Saul / Paul (Acts / 1st Corin)
Ananias (31-36 AD) (Acts)
Paul in Temple (Acts)
1205, Saint Francis Of Assisi while praying in the Church
1246 Saint Lutgarde (d.1246), a Cistercian mystic of Belgium
1302: ST. GERTRUDE THE GREAT
She received private revelations from Jesus regarding the devotion to the Sacred Heart and the importance of the Communion of Saints.
1366: Saint Catherine of Siena, Doctor of the Church by Tiepolo,
Saint Catherine of Siena was a withdrawn Dominican tertiary who lived, fasted and prayed at home in Siena Italy.
In 1366, when she was 19 years old she reported her first vision of Jesus after which she started to tend to the sick and the poor.
1372 Saint Julian of Norwich was on her deathbed and had been given her last rites when she reported a series of visions of Jesus, followed by a sudden recovery.
1425: THE IMITATION OF CHRIST
Next to the Bible, this has been the most sold book in the world. Its content concerns the dialogue between Christ and Thomas Kempis.
1559: Saint Teresa of Avila (Teresa de Jesús) reported a vision of Jesus present to her in bodily form.
For almost two years thereafter she reported similar visions. Saint Teresa’s visions transformed her life and she became a key figure in the Catholic Church eventually being recognized as one of only three female Doctors of the Church.
From 1673 to 1675, Saint Marguerite Marie Alacoque recounted a series of visions of Christ speaking to her.
1697: Saint Veronica Giuliani expressed a great desire to suffer in union with the crucified Jesus for the conversion of sinners.
Shortly after that time she reported a series of vision of Jesus
On Good Friday 1697 she received the five wounds of Christ as stigmata.
1843: 1843 Sister Marie of St Peter, a Carmelite nun in Tours France reported visions of conversations with Jesus
1859: ST. JOHN VIANNEY
Known as a great exorcist, he was blessed with countless visions of Jesus,
In 1866 Venerable Marie Martha Chambon began to report visions of Jesus telling her to contemplate the Holy Wounds, although it is said that she had received her first vision when only five years old.
1898; Secondo Pia’s 1898 negative of the image on the Shroud of Turin, used in the devotion to the Holy Face of Jesus.
1899 Saint Gemma Galgani reported a vision of Jesus after which she experienced recurring stigmata- she also reported further conversations with Jesus.
1910: The Franciscan Italian priest Saint Pio of Pietrelcina reported visions of both Jesus and Mary as early as 1910.
1923: SISTER JOSEFA MENENDEZ
From 1919 to 1923 when she died, Sister Menendez received apparitions of Jesus]
1931 Saint Faustina Kowalska reported visions of a conversation with Jesus when she was a Polish nun.
1936: Blessed Maria Pierina De Micheli.
On the first Friday in Lent 1936,
Can anyone share a story about a time when they saw Jesus — ?
After losing an adult son to an overdose –
Riding motorcycle – angry
Jesus appeared behind him on his cycle –
The strange case of Debbie Cain, a woman who was declared dead, has doctors intrigued.
The woman was unconscious and her heart stopped during appendectomy surgery.
She explained that she had been in heaven:
“I started to feel a great love from within.
I was warm and I saw a bright light that began to clean everything.
I saw Jesus there.
He looked at me and without saying a word, he spoke to me and said:
´Not now my child´.
I can´t remember anything else and then I woke up in the Intensive Care Unit”,
Debbie explains that before her supernatural experience, she was not a religious person,
but now she is certain that God does exist.
An encounter with Jesus:
- Will often not be what we expected
- Addresses questions we didn’t know needed answers
- Reveals the gross parts of us
- Gets to the true heart of the issue
- Sends us out to tell others about Him
One theologian says there are three ways of seeing Jesus…
- Jesus is alive in the word – the Gospel stories and the living tradition of our church.
- We meet Jesus in Baptism and our weekly Communion.
- We meet Jesus in our loving service to those in need, those who live on the periphery of society.
What does Jesus look like – how will we know when we see him?
Regardless of how someone looks or lives… we are looking into the eyes of Jesus – who comes to us in many faces and many places…
When we look into the face of someone caught up in addiction – Jesus is there
When we look into the eyes of a man who has committed horrible crimes… Jesus is there.
The writer of Matthew records Jesus saying
Matthew 25:36-40 English Standard Version (ESV)
36 I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.’
37 Then the righteous will answer him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink?
38 And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? 39 And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?’
40 And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers,[a] you did it to me.’
When we see Jesus, we finally understand what the love of God can do for all of us