The Risen Jesus tells the disciples to go back to Galilee: “They will see me there.” Galilee is where it all began for the disciples, it was the place where they met Jesus, and he entered into their lives.
Today, the Risen Lord tells each of us: “Go back to Galilee – go back to that time when you realized that I was present in your life.”
During this time of isolation, the Risen Jesus is inviting us to enter into the Galilee of our hearts and lives.
Saint Eugene frequently did this, and he called it recollection. He wanted all those who followed his way of discipleship to do the same, as he wrote in his Rule of 1818:
The whole life of the members of our Society ought to be a life of continual recollection (Art. 1).
To attain this, they will first of all make every effort to walk always in the presence of God, and frequently try to utter short but fervent spontaneous prayers. (Art.2,)
Eugene and Jesus shared a deep bond of friendship – and a friend always wants to be in the presence of a loved one. His days are filled with moments of recollection – of short bursts of prayer and expressions of love.
During this Easter spent in isolation, this is what Eugene invites us to do in a special way during these difficult days.