Saturday, April 18, 2009
Mark's Gospel today (16:9-15) gives a short summary of Jesus' appearances to Mary Magdalene, then to the two disciples on their way to Emmaus. Mark just says that Jesus appeared to "two of them walking along on their way to the country. They returned and told the others, but they did not believe them either." But later, as the Eleven were at table, Jesus "appeared to them and rebuked them for their unbelief and hardness of heart because they had not believed those who saw him after he had been raised. He said to them, 'Go into the whole world and proclaim the Gospel to every creature."
It was hard for the Apostles to accept that Jesus is really alive; he has been raised from the dead. Jesus understands and is patient with them. He will spend time appearing to them before his public ascension into heaven. I like to think that Jesus still spends time with us during these forty days after Easter and he hopes we will recognize him as he appears in our lives. He wants to share his joy!!