Peter and John were firsthand witnesses of Jesus’ resurrection. Peter went into the empty tomb but is confused about what happened. Later on, when Jesus appears to the disciples in the Upper Room, Peter overcame his doubts and believed.
Many examination of conscience books, in listing possible sins, will often use the question: “Did I doubt my faith ?” This question has caused a lot of confusion among good Catholics. It’s not necessarily a sin to have doubts about my faith. Rather the question should be: “Did I refuse to face the doubts of my faith?” The decision to be a believer, to live by faith, is the decision to believe despite having doubts. We walk by faith and not by sight, so when we see injustice and suffering we can be tempted to doubt.
Even Peter went through a time of doubt and confusion before he came to complete faith in the Risen Lord. But he had the opportunity to be with Jesus after the resurrection. For us then we need to remain patient in our prayer if we ever struggle with doubts about our faith. Let us turn to one another to help us through these rough times. Together we can be strong and persevere in our crazy world !
Ultreya !! On-Ward !!
St. Joseph, pray for us !
DeColores, Deacon Doug