Luke’s account of this first encounter with the disciples in the locked room is more extensive, it has the disciples slowly coming to realise the truth that it is the Risen Christ standing before them. All of them have doubts and are invited to looks at Jesus’ wounds, to touch him, to see that he is no ghost, Thomas is not alone. They finally find joy amidst the grief but they still are hesitate and not sure just what to believe.
While in their joy they were disbelieving and still wondering,
The new life of faith has started to grow, Jesus eats a piece of broiled fish and opens their eyes to all that was said about him in the law of Moses and by the Prophets and in the Psalms. Just as Jesus has risen from death, they now rise from their unbelief and the grain begins to grow.
Very truly, I tell you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains just a single grain; but if it dies, it bears much fruit.
This new growth could not begin until they had confronted their fears, their doubts, their uncertainties amidst their joys. Do we weed out those things in our lives to allow our faith room to grow, or do we allow them to choke our faith?