Saturday within the Octave of Easter
Malvern Minute

 

Saturday within the Octave of Easter

April 10, 2021

Deacon Anthony J. Cincotta

Saint Mary Magdalen parish, Media, PA

 

Acts of the Apostles 4:13-21

Psalm 118:1, 14-15, 16-18, 19-21

Mark 16:9=-15

 

            For many Christians the road to faith runs through doubt.  The example that supports my statement is how today readings reminds us that even the apostles doubted before they believed.

            Mary Magdalen went and told Jesus’ companions who were mourning and weeping that their Lord had appeared to her.  When they heard that He was alive and had been seen by her, they did not believe.  This reaction may even help us overcome our own occasional doubts about today’s Gospel narrative. Later Jesus appears to the apostles and He rebukes them for their unbelief.  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 as well as he sits silently inside the marble.  Yet the statue conveys a sense of triumph over the torment, just as there is triumph in our own struggles with doubt and faith.  

            Like the image of the statue of Saint Matthew, we will always be constrained by the limits of our humanity; but like the apostles, we can emerge as true believers.

Question of the Day:  How will you concur your occasional doubt in faith? 

Prayer:  HE IS RISEN!  ALLELUIA!

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