Reactions to the Resurrected 21st Century Filipino Jesus Christ
an Easter reflection by The Overlord Bear/Jem De Ocampo
“Jesus said to him, ‘You have believed because you have seen me. Blessed are those who have not seen and yet believe’” (John 20:29).
Thomas would think that simply touching the Resurrected Christ’s wounds would not be enough, for he had known of convincing pretenders through the media. So instead, he would say “If at least one of those famed reporters bother to make truly good news articles about Him without coercion, then I will believe.”
Eight days later, the man who once went “Let us also go, that we may die with him” go what he wanted. Some converted reporters – and Thomas was surprised that it was plural – had written and published stories about the Risen Christ online on their very own with quality above and beyond Thomas’s expectations, and Thomas confirmed that by talking over the phone with one of those reporters. It should also be noted that all those reporters knew and acknowledged that they could and would be doubted during the time when they should spread the word, and that none of those reporters had even touched His wounds.
Furthermore, many of those truly honest and faithful reporters of His Resurrection were women who once stood against Him. Not like that easily mattered much to people like those two disciples who walked to a village a distance from the capital city, as they believed in the women’s capability for deception more than in the women’s capability for truth, with popular reasoning for that usually being the acts of Herod’s and Pilate’s wives, among others. Also among those women was that one previously possessed Mary who publicly gave up her blooming career and fame by personally declaring surrender and fealty to Him as He preached. That Mary also mistook Him for a funeral gardener as she wept for Him by His cleanly opened grave.
And speaking of His grave, it didn’t attract as much attention, and any attention it got was a mixture of belief and disbelief, with the disbelieving considering even the very slightly believing as crazy and undeserving of attention. “Maybe it was another Joey de Leon wannabe or even Joey de Leon himself.” “Maybe Duterte took it to call the guy stupid to his dead face.” “Maybe those Marcos loyalists are disguising themselves as their fellow delusional sympathizers.” “Just another day of being slaves to the system, huh?” “At least we can’t blame ourselves for it.”
The same went for when His Apostles and disciples were filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke in other tongues. “They may have some masses, but I’m pretty sure that some of them are rich and privileged people, and you know how class works in this world.” “Pity those poor fools choose to stay ignorant.” “After all the good we’ve been doing for them ever since our days of whoring out on the streets, too.” “At least we can make more blooming money, fame, and power for ourselves through those pieces of manure!” “Why can’t there be a better escape from ignorance and poverty than that?”