Jesus' Resurrection requires total faith. The apostles had great difficulty in truly believing. They were still thinking about the human condition of the Master's servant. Grieving and weeping, they thought about the reality of death. Certainly disappointed by the failure to realize their grandiose messianic ideals, since they expected a strong, warrior, victorious political Messiah, who would drive out the Romans and liberate Israel once and for all, bringing peace and freedom to all the people and the world. What they have, then, is a dead man, someone they have learned to admire, but who has not been able to do such a messianic work, the Father's promise according to them. They were sad, afraid, because they followed Him who was placed on the cross (death penalty for dangerous bandits) as the Lord's accursed, and just as the leaders of Israel did this with their heads, they could also do with them. Weeping and cowardly, for they were unable to side with those who loved them until the end of their life on the cross. In these conditions, even someone saying that he saw the risen Jesus, they would not believe it, especially if it was announced by a woman (who, by the way, appears here as an addition, but it doesn’t matter here to go into detailed exegetical issues), which, unfortunately, wasn’t considered reliable in that context. Even though the disciples at Emmaus, the pilgrims also claimed, they did not give credit.
3. Jesus appears to the apostles, but rebukes them for their lack of faith and for their hardness of heart. Jesus lived with them before he died, spoke to their hearts, taught them the truth, explained the Holy Scriptures to them, performed miracles, forgave sins, acted so deeply and turned to the other that he was never seen about land someone who had done the same thing, and spoke to them about what would happen to Him, dealing with HIS death and resurrection on the third day. Why, then, did they still have doubts? Why were they so blind? This shows how impossible it would be for them to go out into the world, announcing a dead and risen Christ, witnessing with their own life and poverty and even suffering, suffering until death, if, in fact, the Risen Jesus had not had this encounter with them, if, indeed, Jesus had not risen and strengthened them in the faith.
4. They go all over the world, preaching the Gospel of the Kingdom, without fear, joyful, confident, full of faith and hope, living a love never imagined by themselves, totally available to the Lord's will, facing the same executioners of Jesus: the Jewish leaderships and the political power of Rome, in addition to the challenges of a pagan, rational and enemy culture of the value of the flesh and indifferent to any idea of resurrection. They are not afraid to announce that Jesus is the Lord, opposing Him to Czar and, also, against the religious thought of Israel. In fact, the emphasis on the apostolic nucleus, which form the basis of the Church of Jesus Christ, is clear. Even though he went through unbelief and hardness of heart, now, in a passionate way, with the presence of the Risen One, he becomes a witness and transparency of the Resurrection.
A strong and loving hug.
Father José Erinaldo