What does the empty tomb of Jesus signify? It signifies that Jesus has risen after dying on the cross at Calvary. Simon Peter perhaps did not immediately believe in the resurrection of Jesus. Unlike the other disciples which is John who immediately believed after seeing the empty tomb and the burial cloths.
In this gospel episode it may seem that Peter and John are followers with contrasting intensity of faith. John with his rock solid faith and Peter who seem to be reluctant to immediately believe for it was not mentioned that Peter immediately believed.
But was Peter’s faith in the resurrection of Jesus really inadequate during that moment? Perhaps no, perhaps Peter chose to keep in his heart his faith in Jesus. In the silence of his heart Peter perhaps was also an instantaneous believer of the resurrection of Jesus.
Faith is a gift as well as conversion, like Peter many of us carries these two in our hearts silently. We may not immediately notice this in our fellowmen but it’s within them deeply rooted courtesy of Jesus.
Let us therefore pray to Jesus that He also give us this gift of faith and conversion. Let us also not forget to pray for our loved ones and friends so that they too may receive the same gift of faith and conversion. Amen. - Marino J. Dasmarinas