Acts 5:12-16 | Ps. 118:2-4, 13-15, 22-24 | Rev. 1:9-11a 12-13, 17-19 | Jn. 20:19-31
Jesus appears to the apostles who continue to gather in the upper room and keep the door sealed closed because they are afraid of the Jews. The first thing Jesus says to them is “Peace be with you.” Jesus sees their fear. He desires to heal them and give them His peace. Thomas is not present. When told about Jesus he does not believe. How disappointing this must have been to Jesus. All these years of being with Him and yet Thomas still does not believe. Jesus comes back, not to condemn Thomas but to heal him. His first words to Thomas echo those spoken to the others. “Peace be with you.” Then Jesus tells Thomas that others who believe without seeing will be blessed. Jesus invites all of us to a level of faith and belief in Him that will enable us to go forth and spread the good news to all.
Take time to rejoice with Christ and to thank Him for His marvelous gifts to you. Bring this Good News to all, often. Set a special time to give praise to God for all.