Read this next section as a family:
Easter celebrates Jesus being raised from the dead. The Resurrection is the central mystery of the Christian faith.
In order to properly celebrate Jesus’ Resurrection, the central feast of Christianity, the Church sets aside 50 days of joyful celebration. These 50 days from Easter to Pentecost are celebrated as one feast day, sometimes called “the great Sunday.” Easter is celebrated on the first Sunday after the first full moon of spring.
On the night of his Resurrection, Jesus’ disciples were
hiding in a room. The doors were locked. The risen
Jesus suddenly appeared and wished them peace.
One of the Apostles, Thomas, was not there that night.
The other disciples told him about Jesus. Thomas did
not believe them. Thomas wanted to see Jesus for
himself. He not only wanted to see Jesus. He wanted
to touch Jesus with his own hands!
A week later, the disciples were together again in
the locked room. This time Thomas was with them.
Suddenly Jesus was there among them. Jesus said to
them, “Peace be with you” (John 20:26).
“Then he said to Thomas, ‘Put your finger here
and see my hands, and bring your hand and put
it into my side, and do not be unbelieving, but
believe’” (John 20:27).
Thomas fell on his knees before Jesus and said,
“My Lord and my God!” (John 20:28)
And Jesus said to him, “Blessed are those who
have not seen and have believed” (John 20:29).
Ask your child(ren):
What are three things that you believe about God?
What would you do or say if you saw Jesus today like the disciples did?