Easter Octave: Saturday,  Saturday, 22nd April,2017  (Mk 16: 9-15)

Dear Friend in the Lord,

Obstinacy in Faith: In today’s Gospel, while at table Jesus reproached His disciples  for refusing to believe that He has Risen.”  Do we also lack faith that Jesus has Risen and is presently alive and living in our midst daily?  With faith in the Risen Christ, is our life filled with the Joy of Christ, in spite of the challenges we are facing?

Fr Philip Heng, S.J

Having risen in the morning on the first day of the week, Jesus appeared first to Mary of Magdala from whom he had cast out seven devils. She then went to those who had been his companions, and who were mourning and in tears, and told them. But they did not believe her when they heard her say that he was alive and that she had seen him. 

After this, he showed himself under another form to two of them as they were on their way into the country. These went back and told the others, who did not believe them either. 

Lastly, he showed himself to the Eleven themselves while they were at table. He reproached them for their incredulity and obstinacy, because they had refused to believe those who had seen him after he had risen. And he said to them, ‘Go out to the whole world; proclaim the gospel to all creation.’

As you read the passage what words, phases or meanings caught your attention?

  • Each of us has our personal experiences of the Risen Christ in our daily living.  We need to share our experiences with others so that our faith will strengthen and enrich one another. 

  • Our communal experiences of the Risen Christ is more “alive” because each individual gift becomes a “gift” for others and such sharing will enliven the community to witness to others and to non-believers.

  • Ponder on these truths and ask yourself, “How can I share and enrich my faith with my family, friends and the parish community more fully and effectively?”