Mary Magdalene at first did not recognize Jesus as she met Him on Easter morning outside the empty tomb, nor did His two disciples who met Him later that day on the road to Emmaus, nor did his seven disciples even later at the sea of Galilee, as from their fishing boat they saw Him standing on the shore. It was only after he had spoken that any of them realized Who He was, and each revelation was a surprise.
As the Easter season continues we are invited to be on watch for sightings of our Risen Lord here and now. He may speak to us from something we are reading, or as we listen one more time to a favorite piece of music. But He may speak to us in much less expected places. I might meet Him in a bus driver who waits in the street with the door open for me, now that with my difficulty in walking I can no longer run for the bus as I used to do. I might meet Him in a grocery store checkout clerk, who by wearing a mask and gloves is taking care that Corona virus not be spread among those of us who need to buy food to survive and among those of us who need to sell food to keep the store open.
Where and when will we see Him now? Most likely it will be a surprise.
The Rev. Charles Hoffacker is a retired priest of the Diocese of Washington