“Take Courage, I have Conquered the World”

When we read through the Gospel accounts of the Passion, Death, and Resurrection of Our Lord, we are often left saying the words of the Centurion, “Truly this man was the Son of God.” In fact, we are so moved by the accounts that we feel anyone who hears them will instantly convert. Yet we know, all too well, that there are many who still do not believe.

This might seem disheartening at times, but it really shouldn’t surprise us. Why? Well, first, consider that those closest to Christ, His disciples, regard Mary Magdalene’s news of His Resurrection as “nonsense” (Luke 24:11) or hard to believe (Mk 16:11). In fact, when two of the disciples meet Christ on the road to Emmaus, He has to explain to them that, yes, in fact, He is the Messiah foretold by the prophets (Lk 24:25-6). Continue reading