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Today's Gospel + short theological explanation

Saturday in the Octave of Easter

Gospel text (Mk 16,9-15): After Jesus rose early on the first day of the week, He appeared first to Mary of Magdala from whom He had driven out seven demons. She went and reported the news to his followers, who were now mourning and weeping. But when they heard that He lived and had been seen by her, they would not believe it.

After this He showed himself in another form to two of them, as they were walking into the country. These men too went back and told the others, but they did not believe them. Later Jesus showed himself to the Eleven while they were at table. He reproached them for their unbelief and stubbornness in refusing to believe those who had seen him after he had risen. Then he told them, «Go out to the whole world and proclaim the Good News to all creation».

Atheism (disavowal of faith)

Fr. Gerardo GÓMEZ (Merlo, Buenos Aires, Argentina)

Today, Jesus Christ resurrected appears before the women and men that went together with Him during His life. They all behave in different ways: some, with awe; others live the experience with fear, indifference or disbelief; others believe and enjoy meeting the Resurrected.

Faith is "to know", knowing by relying on the Word of the person who talks to me. Before the mysteries of God, it stands to reason to have faith and, at the same time, faith is reasonable, because it also has its reasons. To believe in God is not a blind leap into the void: when Catholics enter in the church, they do not remove their heads, but their hats. Anti-natural is not to believe: it takes more “faith” to be an atheist than to be a believer.

—Jesus Resurrected, with my parents and the church I have found you: I want to believe —to know you— more and more. Now, in Easter, you give me a new opportunity to reaffirm my faith in your resurrection. Allow me to express in my behavior the happiness of this “meeting”.

Merry Christmas and happy new year 2021 in the Lord God

The evangeli.net Team