Mar 30, 2016
Reading the Gospel narratives of the Resurrection can be confusing. They break off suddenly and contain contrasts and contradictions that crisscross each other.
Yet one thing is clear. The Evangelists depict the women disciples as unwavering in their belief that the Lord had truly risen. Their devotion to him could not be questioned. The angel at the empty tomb told Mary Magdalene and the other women to announce the good news to the disciples. Because of their great love, they believed.
Not so with the Eleven. If you expected to find in these narratives a luminous and transformed Peter, you might be disappointed. On that Resurrection morning, Peter goes to the empty tomb, stoops and looks in. Seeing the linen cloths by themselves without the body, he decides to go home, amazed at what he has seen. 'Did Jesus rise from the dead, he asks himself? Impossible!'
It's not that the Evangelists doubt Peter's faith, nor do they wish to emphasize his failure during the Lord's passion. Yet, he and the others as well respond differently from the women.