“When Jesus had risen, early on the first day of the week,
he appeared first to Mary Magdalene,
out of whom he had driven seven demons.
She went and told his companions who were mourning and weeping.
When they heard that he was alive
and had been seen by her, they did not believe.”
I often wonder how frustrated Jesus was with the Apostles. It just seemed that every step of the way they just didn’t get it. There were many times during His ministry that he rebuked them for one reason or another. He rebuked them when they were arguing who was the greatest. He rebuked Peter after describing his journey to the cross and Peter had pulled him aside and told Him that will never happen. Now in today’s Gospel, He rebuked them again for “their unbelief and hardness of heart because they had not believed those who saw Him after he had been raised”. I wonder how frustrated Jesus becomes with me when I have my moments and questions, yet we see from Scripture God remains faithful to His people. We are all on different stages of our faith journey. It is natural to question especially during times when our emotions seem to get in the way like in today’s Gospel with the Apostles mourning Jesus’ death. Our God loves us more than we can fathom and is always patient with us. I encourage you to bring these times to prayer and speak to God about them. He will be patient, loving, and respond in a way that will answer our questions.