Jesus Appears to the Disciples

April 22, 2017

Saturday in the Octave of Easter

Today’s Gospel

Mark 16: 9-15

When Jesus had risen, early on the first day of the week,
he appeared first to Mary Magdalene,
out of whom he had driven seven demons.
She went and told his companions who were mourning and weeping.
When they heard that he was alive
and had been seen by her, they did not believe.

After this he appeared in another form
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, he 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.”

Reflection (Sem. Randy D. Buquis)

Jesus rebukes the disciples for their unbelief and hardness of heart because they did not believe those who had seen him after he had been raised from the dead. The Gospel today invites us to have faith that no more proof is needed to believe that Jesus is truly risen. That’s why it is good to ask ourselves in what ways do we share the good news of Jesus’ resurrection to our family and friends. How can we be an instrument of proclaiming the Good news to others?

I remember when I presented my assigned topic in PREX which is evangelization, Pope Francis gave ten things we need to remember in evangelization. One of this is to starts with our own relationship with Jesus. He said that “The spread of the Gospel is not guaranteed either by the number of persons, or by the prestige of the institution, or by the quantity of available resources. What counts is to be permeated by the love of Christ, to let oneself be led by the Holy Spirit and to graft one’s own life onto the tree of life, which is the Lord’s Cross.” This was his homily during his mass with the seminarians and novices. For me this is a good reminder for all of us, that we can start bringing the Good news with ourselves. We always say that we cannot give if we do not have. Starting to ourselves lead others not just to have an example but it can create to us a new relationship with Jesus and to other people.

Let us trust Jesus’ words. Let us feel his presence in our hearts and in our lives. And let us take up our mission to share the good news of the risen Lord to our world.

 

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