Easter is a time of year in which each of us has the opportunity
for an “extreme makeover.” So many of the reality TV shows
available to us are about such makeovers, but they all have to do with
a transformation that is superficial. A Christian Easter makeover is about
an in-depth transformation; one in which the Risen One living within us
as Light of our lives, illuminates us deeply within our core, opening
up the dark spaces in our existence, so that the image and likeness of
God in which we were created can once again shine.
God’s Word, Jesus Christ, speaks to us today in
God’s word, the Scriptures, about the extreme makeover we humans
can receive if, by the grace of Christ, the light of the Risen One enters
more and more deeply into our hearts, minds, and souls. In the Acts of
the Apostles those “added” to the community prepared by Jesus
through his life, death, and resurrection, bring the suffering in their
midst to be “shadowed” by Peter. These people, suffering physically,
mentally, and spiritually – we know that if one part of us is experiencing
darkness the other parts are as well - have been positioned to receive
the healing power of Christ through the intercession of this Apostle,
that makes their lives whole once again.
Jesus the Christ, the Light of the world, casts light
on our fears, according to the Book of Revelation. He reaches out to us
with his outstretched hand to draw us closer to him, once again healing
those parts of us that have fallen into black holes, be they addictions
or any other shadow hanging over us, preventing us from being one with
our God and neighbor.
The Johannine Jesus of today’s gospel, the crucified
and risen Jesus, enlightens our intellects which are subject to Thomasine
doubt; that doubt which darkens the minds of our culture, which have become
so dependent on the taste-able, touchable, hearable, seeable, and smell-able,
that they are unable to see that Love who lives so deeply within each
one of us and among all of us, if only we give our selves over to God
who never ceases to be available for union, a union of life-giving wisdom.
As we continue to celebrate this Easter season, let us
search within ourselves, in our world, among our fellow men and women
for the one and only reality who really makes us over, Our Lord and Savior
Jesus Christ, our Lover, our Beloved, Love itself.