However, it is also important to look at the response of Jesus: “Have you come to believe because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and have believed.” This may not have been the rebuke it appears to be. Jesus may have been pointing out that those to whom they would be sent and all future generations, (that means us), would not see Him in the same way as they had. Thus, He may have wanted to emphasize how difficult it would be to present the truth to those who would struggle to accept it. Not only would the apostles have to share in word, but also in deed; they would have to live what they taught through mercy, love, and joy. It reminds us that if we profess to believe the glorious truth of the resurrection of Jesus Christ, if we sing with joy our Alleluias at Easter, then our actions should reflect what we claim to believe. If we leave our joy and the message of Christ on the pew when we leave the church, then we are not living as Easter people. Simply put, if we believe that Jesus rose, we need to act like it. The truth which was revealed to us at the Resurrection is that Jesus freed us from fear and overcame the power of sin and death. The truth is that nothing can separate us from Jesus and we will be with Him in Heaven one day.
©Michele L. Catanese
Note: Next post April 23.
1. I took this photo in a vineyard near Schulenberg, Texas. The light that appears to be around the trees was not intentional on my part and I did not see it until I printed the photo. I chose to use this photo here because it makes us ask what the truth in what we are seeing is: were the trees glowing or is it simply a trick of the light? It represents the need to find out what is true. The second reason is that this is a vineyard, and hence there is a Eucharistic reference. The wine does become the Blood of Christ at Mass even though we cannot understand how.
2. This is the famous Resurrection panel which is part of the Isenheim Altarpiece painted by Matthias Grunewald. (1512) I chose to use it here because it is stunning in how it depicts light overcoming darkness. You can find it at https://www.wikiart.org/en/matthias-grunewald/the-resurrection-of-christ-right-wing-of-the-isenheim-altarpiece-1516.
3. This painting is called Three Women at the Empty Tomb by Julius Schnorr von Carolsfeld. I like this painting because of the vibrant colors. The angel's wings remind me of Fra Angelico's painting of the Annunciation. Perhaps Carolsfeld was paying homage to Fra Angelico, but the angel is making a momentous announcement, so it seemed fitting to use this particular painting here.
4. This icon is called The Risen Lord Appears to St. Thomas by Fr. William Hart McNichols. It draws us into the moment when Thomas sees and witnesses to the truth of his faith. You can find it at http://frbillmcnichols-sacredimages.com/featured/the-risen-lord-appears-to-st-thomas-257-william-hart-mcnichols.html.
5. This is one of my photos, taken at Mt. Cook National Park in New Zealand. This is actually Mt. Tasman, the second highest mountain in NZ. These mountains moved me to feel great joy simply in viewing their beauty; therefore it seemed appropriate to use this photo here.
6. I took this photo of the Eucharistic bread and wine at the Mass of Thanksgiving said by a Jesuit friend the day after his ordination. This is actually a cropped version of the photo and so the ciborium and chalice containing what will soon be the Body and Blood of Christ are the focus. (Sorry Fr. Marc.) I chose to use it here because it was the moment when the bread and wine were about to be consecrated. "My Lord and my God!"
7. This is an icon called The Risen Christ by Fr. William Hart McNichols. It seemed the perfect ending for this piece. You can find it at http://frbillmcnichols-sacredimages.com/featured/the-risen-christ-014-william-hart-mcnichols.html.