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  • Writer's pictureFr. Kris

Saturday in the Octave of Easter

We all have grieved because of losing a person we loved. However, for some people the grief is so strong that they are unable to accept any words of comfort, sadly some even lose their faith, blaming God for taking away from them their loved one. As a priest, often praying for those who died and for the grieving families, I every so often meet someone who just can’t accept any words, any help, any prayers -- which is very sad. Because if our faith does not comfort us in those difficult moments, then nothing would. Today we read that Jesus rebuked the eleven for their unbelief and hardness of hearts. “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.” It is hard to lose someone, it is OK to grieve. Even Jesus grieved, but we can’t be hopeless, we have each other, and we have faith. Jesus was raised from the dead and promised us that same resurrection.

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