I was hoping to get a better understanding as to why the disciples sometimes didn’t recognize the Lord after His resurrection. I got to thinking about this at Easter and was wondering what the Catholic perspective on this might be. I realize this is not a major point and it doesn’t affect my faith one way or the other, but I was just a little puzzled by it.
I was mainly just wondering if it was out of shock from seeing Him alive again or whether Jesus’s appearance was slightly different after His resurrection
1)In John 20:15, Mary Magdalene mistook Jesus for the gardener
- In John 21:4, the disciples were fishing on the Lake of Galilee and they didn’t know who Jesus was when he told them from the shore to toss their nets on the other side of the boat, where they caught a bunch of fish.
- In **Luke 24 **on the road to Emmaus. Jesus was actually walking alongside two of the disciples and they still weren’t able to recognize Him.
In the first two cases, I speculated that it might’ve been the time of day or perhaps the amount distance between His followers and Jesus, especially in the case of John 21:4 when they were fishing, but in Example 3 above on the road to Emmaus Jesus was actually walking alongside them and they still didn’t recognize Him until later on when they broke bread.
Any assistance would be appreciated. Thanks.