From a Creighton Student's Perspective
April 14, 2012
Sophomore, Social Work Major
In the Gospel today, Jesus’ apostles struggle to believe that Jesus has truly risen. In fact, throughout all Gospel stories of Jesus’ resurrection and the events directly following, the apostles express disbelief and a lack of faith. I often find myself asking, “how could they not believe that Jesus would return after spending years of time with him? Were they not paying attention to all that he said and taught?” It’s easy to think this way from my perspective; yet when I actually try to put myself in the apostles’ shoes, I begin to wonder if I would fall into the same disbelief. The apostles are frightened and mourning the loss of the man who they thought was their savior. Jesus’ death seemed so final to the apostles, and they must have felt like scared, lonely orphans. When Jesus finally reveals himself to the Eleven, he rebukes them for denying the accounts of his resurrection, yet he also calls them: "Go into the whole world and proclaim the Gospel to every creature.” Jesus could have easily given up on the apostles, but he didn’t. He expresses frustration at their disbelief, but gives them another try.
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