Fr. Thomas Dufner’s Easter message: Have faith in the risen Christ

Today it is fashionable to blame evil on almost everything but lack of faith.

Painting of the Resurrection by Raffaellino del Garbo/Wikimedia Commons.

“Jesus was revealed to the Eleven. He took them to task for their disbelief and their stubbornness, since they had put no faith in those who had seen Him after He had been raised.” — Mark 16:14

The apostles didn’t have faith in the risen Christ even after hearing about His Resurrection from Mary Magdalene and the two disciples who met Jesus on the road to Emmaus. Then the risen Jesus Himself rebuked the apostles for their lack of faith. This shows that faith is so high a priority for God that He Himself deals with our lack of faith.

Today it is fashionable to blame evil on almost everything but lack of faith. We blame our culture of death on Planned Parenthood, the government, bad teaching in the Church, parents, the economy, etc. While this is true, we could move all the mountain ranges of our culture of death if we had but faith the size of a tiny mustard seed. We hear of the “vocation crisis.” Yet this “crisis” is not the cause but the effect, not the crisis but the symptom of the crisis. The crisis is the lack of faith. The Church prays to the Lord at Mass to not look “on our sins but on the faith of the Church.” Let us, like Jesus, focus on our faith.

Faith looks beyond the grave to God the Father, to the Risen Lord, to the Holy Spirit. Faith looks to the truth of things. It looks to how God made us and how we ought to live. Faith is willing to suffer for the sake of Truth and Love knowing that we have a better homeland awaiting us.

On this Easter, God the Father through the risen Son is sending the Holy Spirit to you to increase, deepen, and strengthen your faith. He will give you the gift of faith and produce in you the fruit of the Spirit called faith. May you receive the Easter gift of greater and ever-increasing faith.