STUCK. I CAN’T MOVE. GRAB A HAND.
I moved to Florida from Illinois in 1989. Only once have I been back to Illinois in the winter. One thing I don’t miss is driving on the icy, slippery roads and getting stuck in the snow. The two go together so well, to our misfortune.
That is pretty much what happened to the 11 disciples after the resurrection. Mary of Magdala and the two fellas walking on the Road to Emmaus saw Jesus risen. They ran to tell the disciples who were mourning and crying. Imagine their excitement, “He’s alive, risen, He’s not dead anymore.” But regrettably, the disciples were stuck in their snow. So they refused to believe the witnesses.
Stuck is no fun for us or anyone else. But, unfortunately, it can become a way of life. The rut only gets deeper in our hearts. It can lead to self-pity where all the focus is on ourselves. Notice it took Jesus to appear to them and rebuke them for not believing the witnesses. Sometimes Jesus needs to shake us up, shock us so we can get out of the rut. It can be an illness, a scolding from someone who loves us, a friend, or a family member.
Take the hand that reaches down and can lift you from your sorrow. Jesus appears to us in many ways. Watch for Him.
IGNITE THE FIRE!
Fr. Rick Pilger, IC