How often do we not see Jesus right before our eyes? “Mary did not know it was Jesus.” John 20:15
Mary did not expect to see Jesus among the living
But Mary stayed outside the tomb weeping…she turned around and saw Jesus there, but did not know it was Jesus…She thought it was the gardener and said to him, “Sir, if you carried him away, tell me where you laid him, and I will take him.”
We know the story. But how could Mary not have recognized Jesus? One very strong possibility of why she did not recognize Jesus was that, in her grief, she did not expect him among the living.
Vincent did not expect to see Jesus among the living
For the first third of his life, it seems Vincent de Paul did not expect to see Jesus among the living. He was focused on the details of his life. Certainly, he believed in Jesus. But was it the Jesus he read about in the pages of the Gospel? Or was it the Jesus in the person the people he met?
We know that he came to see Jesus in every person he met.
Do we expect to see Jesus among the living?
Recently, Fr. Tomas Mavric, President of the Vincentian Family, urged the followers of Vincent to engage in Fatih sharing during our Lenten Pilgrimage to the Heart.
It seems quite providential that the team at cmeast asked 40 ordinary people some weeks ago to share their experience of seeing Christ among the living.
Enter into these very brief experiences of sharing their faith and share your faith in your circle of friends and family. They offer many examples of seeing Jesus in your life.