Saturday within the Octave of Easter
Acts of the Apostles 4:13-21, Psalm 118:1, 14-15, 16-18, 19-21, &
The Incredulity of Saint Thomas by Caravaggio, circa 1601.
For many Christians, the road to faith runs through doubt. Today's readings remind us that even the apostles doubted before they believed.
Mary Magdalen goes and tells Jesus' companions who were mourning and weeping that their Lord had appeared to her. When they hear that He was alive and had been seen by her, they did not believe it. Their reaction may even help us overcome our occasional doubts about today's Gospel narrative. Later, Jesus appears to the apostles, and He rebukes them for their disbelief. I suspect that His rebuke was not expressed harshly but in a loving manner.
In our first reading from Acts, these ordinary skeptical men are now risking everything to proclaim their belief. They have come a long way from their first reaction to the news of the resurrection. Even so, there surely were times when they continued to battle their doubts, just as we do.
Right about now, I carry the image of Michelangelo's unfinished statue of Saint Matthew. The elderly evangelist seems to be straining to free himself from some torment and sits silently inside the marble. Yet, the statue conveys a sense of triumph over the torment, just as there is victory in our struggles with doubt and faith.
Like the statue of Saint Matthew, we will always be constrained by humanity's limits; but we, too, can emerge as true believers just like the apostles.
Question of the Day: How will you concur with your occasional doubt in faith?
Prayer: HE IS RISEN! ALLELUIA!