Monday, April 16, 2018

The risen Jesus (Henri Nouwen)

   The risen Jesus is not bound to any place or person.  He is totally free.  Simplicity and freedom belong together. 

   Mary met Jesus after the Resurrection, but not as he was met by Mary of Magdala or Peter or the disciples on the road to Emmaus.  She didn’t need to be convinced of anything.  Her heart was so simple, so pure, so free that her encounter with her risen Son could be completely interior.  A heart that truly knows Jesus doesn’t need an apparition… I know now that the purer and simpler my heart is, the more clearly I will see – wherever I am. 

--Henri Nouwen, 
Jesus and Mary:  Finding Our Sacred Center

Image source:  James Tissot, The Appearance of Christ at the Cenacle (1886-1894)

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