Recently, when my granddaughter and I played “I spy with my little eye,” I was amazed how we could both be looking at the same things and yet describe them so differently.
This passage shares a similarity with that game. People witnessed the resurrection in various ways: Matthew describes the angel sitting on the stone; Luke tells the story of travellers on the way to Emmaus; and Paul stresses how Christ appeared to over 500 people at one time.
I am apt to get caught up in trying to reconcile these different accounts of the resurrection and miss a very important detail. Even though Paul was not an eyewitness to the resurrection events as told in the Gospels, that does not mean that Christ was not present in Paul’s life.
It does not matter that Paul was not there on Easter morning, God’s grace was still with him. It does not matter that Paul was not one of the first disciples, he still proclaimed the good news. It does not matter that we did not spy with our little eyes Jesus on Easter morning. What matters is that Christ has promised to be with us, that God’s grace sustains us.
Thank you, Lord, for your saving presence in our lives. Amen. — VSR