In the first reading today, from Acts 2:36-41, Peter tells us what happens and what we should do when we encounter the Risen Lord. His message is very similar to that of Jesus himself: repent, be baptized and receive the Holy Spirit.
According to this story from Acts, the rapid spread of the Church was about to begin; 3,000 people were said to have joined the followers of Jesus on this occasion. The effects of the resurrection on the people who physically witnessed it must have been dramatic; to see someone alive and well, someone whom you had seen die a horrible death, and who had foretold that he would die and rise, this must surely have changed the lives of the apostles in a dramatic way.
It is supposed to be the same with us. We drift through life never quite sure where we are going until the time comes when we meet the Son of God and something happens within us that changes us forever. At this point the resurrection begins to live within us.
No one can share with you what this is like; it is one of those spiritual experiences that are unique to every one of us. I can never adequately tell you what it is like because God has made my experience so that it fits my life perfectly. Only God can do this, only God knows us that intimately.
Whatever happened to Peter, he was now able to preach the Word in such a way that his words became real for people. We see this even today; look at the way the words of Pope Francis inspire so many people. The message of Christ always makes sense to those who are ready to hear it.
Mary Magdalene learned a lesson in today’s gospel. When she tried to cling to Jesus he told her to let go of him, he was going to his Father in heaven.
What is he telling us if not to let go of old ideas in order to let new and better ideas enter out heart. We should always be open to the new word that God wants to give us.