I now know that I am a heathen. Possibly a blaspheming one. I recently came across this passage, an extract from a  learned tome by Pope Benedict XVI.  Read it all, no cheating.


The appearances that we read of in the Gospels are manifestly different. On the one hand, the Lord appears as a man like other men: he walks alongside the Emmaus disciples; he invites Thomas to touch his wounds, and in Luke’s account he even asks for a piece of fish to eat, in order to prove his real bodily presence. And yet these do not present him simply as a man who has come back from death in the same condition as before.

One thing that strikes us straightaway is that the disciples do not recognize him at first. Continue reading