In physics, energy is a property of objects which can be transferred to other objects or converted into different forms, but cannot be created or destroyed.
Our energy is a daily gift. Some days we have more than others. And each day has its necessities and pleasures to give our energy toward.
How Jesus spent his energy while he was on earth is such a learning for us, a deep well of wisdom to incorporate in our lives. The resurrection appearances revealed the most concentrated vital energy of God in Jesus.
Jesus used this precious time to lead the disciples into an experience of a new Spirit of peace and love that would never leave them and that all people have access to.
He did this by appearing to them at the empty tomb, in the upper room behind a locked door, on the road home, and at the beach. He offered their grieving hearts peace, he nourished them when he broke bread with them, they experienced his full living presence by touching him and as he breathed a new Spirit upon them.
Likewise, whenever we reach out to God in worship or quietly in our homes we are reaching for the same Spirit Jesus breathed on the disciples. We yearn for that vital beautiful energy of Jesus to transform us. St. John of the Cross said it this way… through Christ, “our intellect is transformed into faith, our wills transformed into love and our memories transformed into hope.”
Jesus asked Simon Peter three times, “Do you love me?” after each question Peter said “yes.” and Jesus said, “then feed my sheep.”
What Jesus meant is for each of us and for our congregations to live out.
Eastertide invites us to as the question, how is Jesus leading you to spend your precious vital energy?