To look at Peter and the other disciples before and after the Resurrection is to engage in a study of opposites. The transformation that occurs in the disciples is amazing.
The accounts of Peter and John, for example, preaching to thousands about the risen Jesus and confronting the religious leaders contrast sharply with the image of the disciples running away when Jesus was arrested and who denied even knowing him.
The post-resurrection appearances strengthened and nourished the faith of the disciples, as they embraced their new vocation to spread the good news of the risen Jesus to all the people.
The Spirit of Christ has continued down through the ages to call and to nourish the Church through the sacraments and the community of faith. This same Spirit nourishes us and calls us to follow the path of Jesus–through the cross to resurrection to new life.
“There is no salvation through anyone else, nor is there any other name under heaven given to the human race by which we are to be saved.” (Acts 4:12)
(Today’s images are from the Boston Public Garden.)