Easter Joy and Easter Peace

By Fr. Vincent Freeh If we merely read about what the disciples did when confronted with the suffering, death, and resurrection of Jesus, their experience of the meaning of Easter is likely to escape us. If we read with perspective and composure and try to share their disillusionment, their shattered hopes, their utter sense of…

One of the most interesting resurrection encounters concerns the Apostle Thomas, one in which he is given a dubious title of “doubting Thomas. Let’s not be too tough on him. After all, the cross had crushed his faith in Jesus, and even his closest friends couldn’t get him to believe. They insisted that Jesus was raised from the dead and they had seen Him. But Thomas needed proof, like putting his fingers in the nail marks on Jesus’ hands and feet and put his hand into Jesus’ side. When Jesus invites him to do so, Thomas comes up with the greatest expression of faith when he acknowledges Jesus as “My Lord and my God.”

Fr. Frank J. Timar, MSC (Pennsylvania Community)

Father Frank professed his first vows on September 14, 1952 and was ordained on July 13, 1958. He is in residence at our Sacred Heart Villa in Center Valley, Pennsylvania.

Peter and John came to the tomb and both of them noticed the linens, but it was John who “saw and believed” even though he still did not comprehend the whole of it or what really happened. Mary stayed at the tomb and wept. When Jesus asked why she was weeping, she didn’t even recognize Him, the very person she was looking for, because her mind was fixed on finding a dead body. Not until Jesus called her by name, did she recognize Him. Her beloved teacher is alive! She went back to the apostles and told them, “I have seen the Lord” Then she shared everything Jesus had said to her.

Fr. Frank J. Timar, MSC (Pennsylvania Community)

Father Frank professed his first vows on September 14, 1952 and was ordained on July 13, 1958. He is in residence at our Sacred Heart Villa in Center Valley, Pennsylvania.

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