Dawning Faith

The truth of Jesus’ resurrection dawned on his disciples slowly. The eleven apostles heard the testimony of Mary Magdalene that he was risen, and yet they locked themselves in a room, ‘for fear of the Jews’ – for fear that they would suffer the same fate as Jesus. Only when the Risen Lord comes and stands among them do they come to believe and rejoice. Jesus does not reproach his disciples for their lack of faith; instead, he wishes them peace, breathes the Holy Spirit on them, and sends them out with a mandate to forgive sins in God’s name. Thomas, in his turn, refuses to believe in the Resurrection until he has seen and touched for himself. Jesus calls him to believe, and he calls us, too: ‘Happy are those who have not seen and yet believe.’ Our faith in the Resurrection of Christ brings us life and hope.

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