April, 7, 2018
Acts 4:13-21, Ps 118, Mark 16:9-15
We are still with the Octave of Easter, the first 8 days celebrated as one great feast day. And so in the Gospel today we hear the events on the day of the Resurrection. Jesus appears to Mary Magdalene who goes and tells the others that the Lord has risen. That is why she is known as the “apostle to the Apostles”. But they do not believe her…Then we hear about the disciples on the road to Emmaus who return to tell the others that they have seen the Risen Lord but they do not believe them either…Finally the Lord Himself appears to the disciples who finally believe.
We have been told over and over that Jesus has risen. The question is: do we truly believe in our heart that Jesus has really risen from the dead and lives even though we haven’t actually seen Him? That is called faith…But the reality is we have seen Him: in all of creation, in each other and especially in the Eucharist. Does He have to rebuke us for our hardness of heart like He did in the Gospel? Open our eyes of faith and we will see Him every day.
In the first reading from the Acts of the Apostles we hear how the disciples were brought before the religious authorities because they were testifying that they had seen and witnessed the Risen Lord. The scripture said, “They recognized them as companions of Jesus.” Do people recognize us as companions of Jesus? Can they tell we are followers of Christ by the way we live?
The religious authorities ordered the disciples to stop spreading the news about the Risen Lord. Peter and John’s response, “It is impossible for us not to speak about what we have seen and heard.” May that be our response also. Let us fulfill and live Jesus’ commission, “Go into the whole world and proclaim the Gospel to every creature” by the way we live our lives.