I am still a bit of a recluse compared to my life of a few months ago but when I am out and see people I hear the above a lot! I have told a couple of people that I hear this a lot lately and sure enough if while together we happen to bump into someone else I know they will hear it too. I am appreciative of their kind words but I have to admit, I wonder what people see? The beard is new, the short hair is new, I have lost a little weight, but that leads up to, “You look great”?
Within, my reaction is, “Really, I don’t feel great?” Another thought that has occurred to me is, “Maybe it looks that way from the outside but it doesn’t look that way from the inside out.” I have also wondered that when people see me maybe they are caught by surprise that I am standing, talking, walking and even making some sense while conversing? They know I have been gone for a while, so seeing me is a surprise and seeing me appearing as somewhat “normal” is also a surprise. This theory was confirmed this week. A friend of mine came up to see me from the Southside and the first words out of her mouth were, “You look Great! I immediately told her how often I have heard that and she admitted that she sort of expected to see a skeleton.
No matter what people see, it is nice to hear “You look great”! Even if you do not feel that way.
Many of the readings this week tell us of the Apostles and disciples of Jesus seeing him and not recognizing him. They don’t expect to see Him at all since they saw Him killed and yet there He is. Sometimes our expectations can get in the way. Sometimes our expectations can even prevent us from seeing Jesus in others or ourselves.
He is risen!