We have not heard in the gospel accounts that Jesus appeared to the crowd of 500 people or that he appeared separately to James. Certainly we did not hear in the gospels that he appeared to Paul because those accounts end, at the latest, with the ascension, and Jesus appeared to Paul sometime after that. Besides, Paul was not a disciple or follower of Jesus during Jesus' lifetime. Paul was not even a believer when Jesus appeared to him.
I think there is a conclusion we can draw from these appearances to his apostles and to others. If Jesus can appear to his closest apostles and followers, if Jesus can appear to a group of 500 people who cannot all be his closest disciples, and if Jesus can appear to someone who is not his disciple at all (Paul), he can appear to us. Jesus' appearances were not limited to the 11 remaining apostles. They were not limited to men. They were not even limited to those who knew him in his earthly body. Jesus can and will appear to whomever he wants whenever he wants.
This is a bold conclusion, is it not? Most of us think the appearances stopped when Jesus ascended to heaven. Obviously not, for he appeared to Paul after that. Also the prayer journals of many saints through the ages record that they saw Jesus. Why not us?
For reflection: Am I open to seeing Jesus? Am I ready to see Jesus?
Let us pray. Jesus, you are the best thing in my life. I want to know you better. I want to see you clearly. Come, Lord Jesus.