Yesterday was a big day for the Church. Pentecost has historically been second only to Easter in terms of celebration. It is a time when we reflect on the powerful sightings of God in our midst, and the way the Holy Spirit has breathed into us the breath of life.
Our readings today don’t stray too far from this Pentecostal fire. They witness to the powerful sightings of God.
Paul summarizes what he knows to be the “good news of the gospel” today. Despite what many people think Christianity to be, Paul does not summarize the birth narrative or a series of Jesus’ miracles. He mentions no parables, and does not spend much time on how Jesus treated the poor.
He mentions instead: “That Christ died for our sins in accordance with the scriptures, and that he was buried, and that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the scriptures, and that he appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve…. Last of all, as to one untimely born, he appeared also to me.”
Notice how Paul zones in on 1) the simplicity of the story. 2) his personal connection to the resurrection. 3) the way Paul enters the story. Just like recounting a story of Abraham, or David, eventually a genealogy shows up and the story reconnects with the present reader. The power of the gospel, for Paul, was that in time the risen Christ also appeared to him.
Are we part of this line of apostles and disciples? Have we seen the risen Christ? I know I have. I have seen Christ at work in my life, revealing a path to take, a direction to follow, a decision or stance in the world with which I am to be firm.
But how well have I told our children of that sighting?
When do we do the all-important “genealogy” report, and let others know that the line of sightings ends with today?
May today be filled with yet another glimpse of the risen Christ in your life!