YEAR OF FAITH - What is our reaction to the Risen Christ?

Post date: Apr 12, 2013 11:54:46 AM

Each of the four Gospels has its own emphasis in narrating the raising of Jesus from the dead. There is a whole spectrum of reactions, ranging from hostility and puzzlement to spontaneous faith. Scripture Scholar, Fr Raymond Brown, in his book: A Risen Christ in Eastertime suggests that the Gospel narratives pose the question: “In the days surrounding the first Easter, which of the reactions recounted would have been yours?” The fact that those who feature in the stories often doubted or misunderstood is a warning that the answer to the question requires faith, informed by prayer. Thomas, the disciple who doubted the most, gives expression to the

highest evaluation of Jesus: “My Lord and my God!” Jesus praises him for his faith, but

extends his praise to those who have believed without seeing garments or bodily presence: “Happy (Blessed) are those who have not seen and yet believe.”

The next Year of Faith discussion group at St.Hugh’s will take place on Saturday, 20th April after 10am Mass until 12noon. Everyone is welcome. Bishop Malcolm’s theme for April is The Resurrection.