Scripture – Do Not be Afraid, Go to Galilee

Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went away quickly from the tomb, fearful yet overjoyed, and ran to announce the news to his disciples. And behold, Jesus met them on their way and greeted them. (Today’s Gospel)

We live in this time of Easter where Jesus is Risen, and yet, we cannot see Him; where He is alive, yet veiled from our senses except for the few to whom He “appears” where public Masses are not cancelled; where priest’s alone can hold Him, as did the Twelve as He appeared to them in the upper room. Because of this, the rest of us are sad. For our hearts also long to “taste and see” the One who is the fulfillment of all our desires.

And yet, behold, He meets each of us on the road on which we are, that is, in the secret upper room of the heart where through our longing and desire, new paths to Him emerge.

Keep me, O God, for in you I take refuge… I bless the LORD who counsels me; even in the night my heart exhorts me. I set the LORD ever before me; with him at my right hand I shall not be disturbed… You will show me the path to life, fullness of joys in your presence, the delights at your right hand forever. (From Today’s Psalm)

It is there, in the heart, where God dwells in the baptized and promises to never leave those who reject the darkness of sin.[1]“Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, which you have from God?” (1 Corinthians 6:19) This is what in Catholic spirituality is called the “interior life” where we actively seek and meet the Lord within us through prayer. By drawing near to Him within and letting Him nurture you through His Word in Scripture, counsel you through Wisdom, strengthen you through grace, deliver you through His power, and safeguard you in His love… the soul begins to experience the presence of Jesus that finds its source and summit in the Eucharist.

Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid. Go tell my brothers to go to Galilee, and there they will see me.” (Today’s Gospel)

Galilee is the region where Jesus’ ministry took place, where He taught the multitudes, multiplied food, performed many miracles, cast out demons, and walked to His disciples on water. Galilee is a symbol, then, of the “interior life” where Jesus wishes to live and walk again, but this time in your soul. Do not be afraid, dear brothers and sisters. He is inviting you to enter into this interior Galilee through daily prayer… prayer “of the heart” where you will meet Him as though meeting a Friend. For it is there, in the heart, that you will find “fullness of joys” and “delights” in His presence; it is there, He says, that “they will see Me.”

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1 “Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, which you have from God?” (1 Corinthians 6:19)
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