icon_bede-Now it is clear and delightful for the holy to hear that the disciples went into Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had instructed them, and upon seeing him, they adored him (Matt. 28:16-17).

It is not lacking in mystery that after his resurrection our Lord appeared to his disciples on a mountain, and that it was in Galilee.

This was to make know that the body which at his birth he had assumed from the earth common to the rest of the human race he had now, at his resurrection, clothed with heavenly power after it had been raised above everything earthly.

He appeared on a mountain to advise his faithful ones that that if they wished to see the loftiness of his resurrection there in heaven they should pass over below from their lowly cravings to heavenly desires.

What the name “Galilee” connotes in relation to the salvation-bearing mystery is well-known from the frequent explanations of the fathers, but it is not irrelevant to repeat quite often what we must keep in our minds.

“Galilee” means “a crossing over accomplished” or “revelation”.

Each interpretation of the name leads to a single conclusion.

We read above that the angel said to the women Go tell his disciples that he has risen, and behold, he will go before you into Galilee; you will see him there (Matt. 28:7).ado

And now we know, as the evangelist tells us, that the disciples went into Galilee, and upon seeing him, they adored him.

What does it mean that the Lord Jesus goes ahead of his disciples into Galilee in order to be seen by them, that they follow, and upon seeing him they adore him, except that Christ rose from the dead, the first-fruits of those who have fallen asleep (1 Cor. 15:20).

Those who are Christ’s follow him and they themselves in their turn pass over into life.

And seeing him there, the adore him whom they contemplate in his divine form, and praise him for ever.

The fact that “Galilee” also means “revelation” accords with this vision.

Then indeed we, with unveiled face, as the Apostle bears witness, beholding the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same likeness (2 Cor. 3:18), all of us who now commit our way to him and follow his footsteps with sincere faith.

The Venerable Bede (672/4-735): Homilies on the Gospels, 2:8 (Easter), Homilies on the Gospels, Book Two, Lent to the Dedication of the Church, trans. Lawrence T. Martin and David Hurst OSB (Kalamazoo: Cistercian Publications, 1991).