In the first reading, the first few verses of John’s First Letter, we are told about the importance of personal witnessing. John, the beloved disciple, writes as a personal witness and friend of the Lord Jesus.
We are reminded of John’s words towards the end of his Gospel, “There are many other signs that Jesus gave in the presence of his disciples, but they are not recorded in this book. These are recorded so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; believe and you will have life through his Name.” (Jn 20: 30- 31)
In the Gospel reading we see the faith of the followers grow about the risen Christ: first, the witness of Mary of Magdala at the empty tomb, and then of John: “he saw and believed.”
The risen Jesus speaks to us, “Happy are those who have not seen and believe.” (Jn 20: 29)