APRIL 10. SAT. AFTER EASTER. MK. 16. 9-15
Updated: Aug 29
Having risen in the morning on the first day of the week, Jesus appeared first to Mary of Magdala from whom he had cast out seven devils. She then went to those who had been his companions, and who were mourning and in tears, and told them. But they did not believe her when they heard her say that he was alive and that she had seen him.
After this, he showed himself under another form to two of them as they were on their way into the country. These went back and told the others, who did not believe them either
Lastly, he showed himself to the Eleven themselves while they were at table. He reproached them for their incredulity and obstinacy, because they had refused to believe those who had seen him after he had risen. And he said to them, ‘Go out to the whole world; proclaim the Good News to all creation.’
Today’s Gospel deals with a problem, not only of Jesus day, but even more so today, namely “They would not believe!”
We have to reflect on this unbelief as it indicates a ridiculous situation of creatures saying to their creator “I know better than you” or “I will not believe!”
And these are people who were familiar with the teachings of Christ and who had been close to him as Mary Magdalene pointed out; - “She then went to those who had been his companions!”
Christ even bears witness to his disappointment at this unbelief when, “He reproached them for their incredulity and obstinacy; - because they had refused to believe those who had seen him after he had risen!”
These people were the first of many down through the ages who would not believe the teaching of their Creator; - even though they had met Jesus face to face, witnessed multiple miracles, and heard his preachings.
What more could God have done for his people; - after sending his only Son to live among us for thirty-three years; - proving he was God via numerous miracles; - dying on a Cross for our sins; - and then rising from the dead?
And still they refused to believe?
Christ’s time on earth was now coming to an end, and he had fulfilled his Mission; - he had proved he was God; - by performing miracles and rising from the dead; - he had revealed the Truth to his people; - and borne witness to God’s Love and Mercy. He could do no more!
All that was left to do was to leave behind a small group of believers who he would charge with continuing his Mission of proclaiming the Truth to those who were prepared to believe; -and to this small group of believed he promised: - “to be with them until the end of the world” and that he would: “send the Holy Spirit to guide them, and reveal to them even more!”.
And to this small group he then said: “Go out to the whole world; and proclaim the Good News to all creation!”
Gospel Acclamation Ps117:24
This is the day the Lord has made;
let us rejoice and be glad.
First reading Acts 4:13-21 ·
We cannot promise to stop proclaiming what we have seen and heard
The rulers, elders and scribes were astonished at the assurance shown by Peter and John, considering they were uneducated laymen; and they recognised them as associates of Jesus; but when they saw the man who had been cured standing by their side, they could find no answer. So they ordered them to stand outside while the Sanhedrin had a private discussion. ‘What are we going to do with these men?’ they asked. ‘It is obvious to everybody in Jerusalem that a miracle has been worked through them in public, and we cannot deny it. But to stop the whole thing spreading any further among the people, let us caution them never to speak to anyone in this name again.’
So they called them in and gave them a warning on no account to make statements or to teach in the name of Jesus. But Peter and John retorted, ‘You must judge whether in God’s eyes it is right to listen to you and not to God. We cannot promise to stop proclaiming what we have seen and heard.’ The court repeated the warnings and then released them; they could not think of any way to punish them, since all the people were giving glory to God for what had happened.