Second Sunday of Easter

Acts: 4:32-35 | Ps. 118:2-4, 13-15, 22-24 | 1 John 5:1-6 | John 20:19-31

In today’s Gospel, Jesus appears to the frightened disciples who have been locked up in the upper room. For some reason, Thomas is not with them. Jesus offers peace to the disciples and tells them to forgive sins. Thomas returns and refuses to believe that Jesus is alive. Jesus does not give up on Thomas but returns so that Thomas may believe. Jesus tells him to put his finger and hands into His wounds so that he will not doubt any longer. Thomas kneels down and exclaims: “My Lord and My God.” We seem to have branded Thomas for his lack of belief; but, if we are honest with ourselves, most of us have doubted at some point or other. Thomas, in fact, has done us a favor because we are able to see that Jesus will not abandon us because of our lack of faith.

We do believe in Jesus. Take time today to express your belief. Know that Jesus has given you the gift of the Holy Spirit so that you can live that belief despite the pressures of the world and culture which attempt to lead in other directions.

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