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Waiting for the Resurrection – questions and activities

Staff  |  25 March 2021

Read A disciple in the waiting in the autumn 2021 edition of Australian Catholics and take part in the following questions and activities.


  • What parts of the Bible accounts of the crucifixion of Jesus do you notice in Geraldine’s article?
  • How do you think you would have felt in the same circumstances as the disciples?
  • Would you have stood by in silent sympathy/walked away/or spoken out about the injustice?
  • Are there instances in your life where you have done any (or all) of those actions? [Just because a person may have been brave in some circumstances, in others it may seem foolhardy.]


Put yourself in the story: The summit of the Liturgical Year is the Easter Triduum – from the evening of Holy Thursday to the evening of Easter Sunday. Though held over three days, liturgically the Triduum is one celebration of the Paschal Mystery. Select any of the three commemorations – the Lord’s Supper, the Crucifixion and aftermath, or the Resurrection and the disciples’ reactions. Now imagine yourself at any of those occasions. Were you embarrassed when Jesus washed his disciples’ feet like a servant? Did you notice the undercurrents during the supper? Did you feel uncomfortable when you had been looking forward to a party? Or how did you feel during Jesus’ trial and tortures? Did you stay with Jesus throughout the day or go somewhere else? What about the news that Jesus had risen? Did you believe, wonder or were you unhappy, thinking that someone was playing a sick joke?

Organise a Way of the Cross commemoration: On Good Friday many communities organise a Way of the Cross commemoration to pray the Stations of the Cross. This often involves walking around the community, stopping to reflect on each station. There may be a prayer, Bible reading and reflection. Organise your own Way of Cross walk. There are a number or resources online – for example, The Way of The Cross from the Catholic Archdiocese of Sydney.


Read or summarise A disciple in the waiting in the autumn 2021 edition of Australian Catholics and talk with the students about how they might have felt if a friend of theirs had suffered an injustice.


  1. Imaginary Interviews

The aim of this activity is for young people to focus on the accounts of the encounters with the risen Christ in the Gospels.

Direct the students to write imaginary interviews with the people in the Gospels to whom the risen Jesus appeared.

The students could interview such eyewitnesses as Simon Peter, John, Mary, Mary Magdalene, the women at the tomb, Thomas, the disciples on the road to Emmaus, the apostles, the soldiers at the tomb, Pontius Pilate, or the chief priests.

Have them search the following passages: Matthew 28:1-15; Mark 16:1-8,9-13; Luke 24:1-12,13-35,36-43; or John 20:1-10,11-18,19-23,24-29

Collect the interviews and put them together to make an eyewitness booklet for the entire group to read.

  1. Take part in the Gaming the Gospels: The spirit is willing

This activity, which is centred around the time Jesus and his disciples spent in the Garden of Gethsemane, can be found in the autumn 2021 edition of Australian Catholics.


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