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Gospel for the Saturday in the Octave of Easter

Mark 16:9-15

Summary: Jesus first appeared to Mary Magdalene, who informed His grieving disciples, but they didn't believe her. Later, He appeared in disguise to two disciples, whose story was also met with disbelief. Finally, Jesus appeared to the Eleven as they dined, rebuking their disbelief and instructing them to preach the Gospel to the entire world.

First Appearances After Resurrection

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.

After this he appeared in another form to two of them walking along on their way to the country. They returned and told the others; but they did not believe them either.

But later, as the Eleven were at table, he appeared to them and rebuked them for their unbelief and hardness of heart because they had not believed those who saw him after he had been raised. He said to them, “Go into the whole world and proclaim the Gospel to every creature.”

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