When Jesus appeared to the Apostles while they were eating, “He rebuked them for their unbelief and hardness of heart, because they did not believe those who had seen him resurrected”. (Mark 16: 9-15)
It was a harsh disapproval from Jesus.
The ten apostles present in the room had seemingly rejected the evidence of multiple competent witnesses including the women. Even Thomas, who was not present at this appearance, still refused to believe Jesus had risen, ignoring the additional first-hand accounts of his close friends! Why?
Is my heart open to the testimony of the many credible witnesses to Jesus’ resurrection?
Lord Jesus, teach me how to share the great mystery of your resurrection with others so that your light will shine on their path and doubt will find no place.
Prayer: Psalm 149
Sing a new song to the Lord,
his praise is the assembly of the faithful.
Let Israel rejoice in its Maker,
let Sion’s sons exult in their king.
Let them praise his name with dancing
and make music with timbrel and harp.
For the Lord takes delight in his people.
He crowns the poor with salvation.
Let the faithful rejoice in their glory,
shout for joy and take their rest.
Let the praise of God be on their lips
and a two-edged sword in their hand.
to deal out vengeance to the nations
and punishment on all the peoples;
to bind their kings in chains
and their nobles in fetters of iron;
to carry out the sentence pre-ordained:
this honour is for all his faithful.