The question is thus to know whether we cna recognize the Lord and who recognized him, how and why after his resurrection and to compare this to the reality of a place that we do feel as the whole tradition would confirm that it is the Anastasis, the wonderful name of the site.
Is it only a question of faith?
The Resurrected can only be seen by who the Father and Creator wants. It comes by the grace of the Holy Spirit. This sounds a bit clerical, but no one can oblige anybody, any soul to recognize Jesus, not because we cannot see him, but because, by the time he rose, he was to be seen as “signs” meant the depth of what the revelation requires from us, as human beings to reach out to some fulfillment. The true fulfillment will come with the Second Coming of the Lord. Here, Mary of Magdala saw the Lord, met with him and behaved as a human, a a woman definitely but with a desire of possession before the Lord told her not to clutch to her. She saw her and was called by her name because names identify us and make us known to others, subsequently to how the Lord can call us. On the way of Emmaus, the disciples did not recognize the man who had been walking with till he broke the bread, even if they had felt some “heat, the ‘burden’ of understanding as Aramaic suggests. The same when the fished on the Sea of Galilee and shared some meat with the Lord. We do not truly fathom how Jesus, resurrected and present in Jerusalem during almost 40 days looked like as we feel the Eucharist but would not stand to get the very heart of the Mystery of Body and Blood of the Lord.
This Sunday, the Church considers that the resurrection allows to share Light, Presence that still grew till Pentecost. A time of “love” as all tongues heard the heralding of the good news. This is why we have no idea of where the Father sent and continue to send Jesus and the Spirit that overshadows the entire universe. It is beyond our understanding to comprehend that the Resurrected is present, hidden or concealed to some or many, open and evident to others, all times, all places, any tribe, nation, location on Earth and far away in the galaxies. This can be quite difficult to accept and to understand, because the Church of the Anastasis is small, tiny. People come, go, pass. They often don’t know where they are. They often think they know something of history, local traditions, their own cultures: in the face of the Lord, we know nothing except that we can feel his love. Again, love is not evident either. On this Sunday, the 13 Attributes of Divine Presence as defined by the Jewish tradition is shown and shared, without any possible exclusion, and still, we hardly know how, why it is given to us.