Around the time I’m deciding it’s too late, that Peeta’s dead, moved on, unreachable forever, he gives a small cough and Finnick sits back.
I leave my weapons in the first as I fling myself at him. “Peeta?” I say softly. I brush the damp blond strands of hair back form his forehead, find the pulse drumming against my fingers at his neck. ~ Catching Fire
Peeta, like Christ, dies and is “raised” from the dead. Katniss, like the disciples, loses faith that he’ll come back. When he does return, they realize how much he means to them, who he truly is, and their love and devotion for him reaches completion.
For the first time, Katniss drops her weapons because Peeta is alive and that is all that matters to her. She surrenders, in her own way, to her love for him. Finnick later tells Katniss that it was this moment that proved to him that she truly loved Peeta.
Mary was standing outside the tomb crying, and as she wept, she stooped and looked in. She saw two white-robed angels, one sitting at the head and the other at the foot of the place where the body of Jesus had been lying. “Dear woman, why are you crying?” the angels asked her.
“Because they have taken away my Lord,” she replied, “and I don’t know where they have put him.”
She turned to leave and saw someone standing there. It was Jesus, but she didn’t recognize him. “Dear woman, why are you crying?” Jesus asked her. “Who are you looking for?”
She thought he was the gardener. “Sir,” she said, “if you have taken him away, tell me where you have put him, and I will go and get him.”
“Mary!” Jesus said.
She turned to him and cried out, “Rabboni!” (which is Hebrew for “Teacher”).
“Don’t cling to me,” Jesus said, “for I haven’t yet ascended to the Father. But go find my brothers and tell them, ‘I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.’”
Mary Magdalene found the disciples and told them, “I have seen the Lord!” Then she gave them his message. ~ John 20:11-18 (NLT)
Peter had denied Christ three times before Christ was taken away to be tortured and crucified. Peter is despondent after Christ’s death. He decides to go back to being a fisher. But then Christ returns and Peter is transformed. Now he knows just how much he loved and needs Christ. Such is Peter’s devotion that, despite threats on his life, he continues to preach the Gospel of Christ. He even goes to the cross himself, refusing to deny Christ.
Katniss is a symbol of the Church, I believe, because it takes her a while to fully surrender to her love for Peeta. But, when she does, her love is unshakable.