Now after he rose early on the first day of the week, he appeared first to Mary Magdalene, from whom he had cast out seven demons. She went out and told those who had been with him, while they were mourning and weeping. But when they heard that he was alive and had been seen by her, they would not believe it.
After this he appeared in another form to two of them, as they were walking into the country. And they went back and told the rest, but they did not believe them.
Later he appeared to the eleven themselves as they were sitting at the table; and he upbraided them for their lack of faith and stubbornness, because they had not believed those who saw him after he had risen. And he said to them, “Go into all the world and proclaim the good news to the whole creation.
Easter week ends with a very human gospel scene. Jesus appears to the eleven apostles and takes them to task because they could not come to believe. Perhaps they simply couldn’t imagine the first-hand experiences described by Mary Magdalene and their two companions who saw the Risen Jesus while walking towards Emmaus. Clearly their world had been turned upside down; understandably they did not know how to react to the reality of Jesus now alive and risen.
What about each of us — how has this week’s experience of Easter affected my attitude and daily living? Within our family? Amongst those I meet each day? In practical ways, how has the Easter faith and hope and new life Jesus offers made a difference…at home? At work? In my daily routine?
—The Jesuit prayer team
Lord, I believe in you, alive and risen.
Please help my unbelief—show me your face.