First Reading: Acts 5: 12-16
Second Reading: Revelation 1:9-11a, 12-13, 17-1
Gospel: John 20:19-31
Today’s Gospel recounts a story about the apostles after Jesus’ death. In this portrayal, most of them were locked away (out of fear) and grieving. Thomas was not there. I wonder where he was ~ and why he had the courage to go out when the others did not. If you had been there, would you have been the one to go out or would you have stayed securely in the house?
Suddenly Jesus appeared. I can’t imagine the intensity of emotion each must have felt at that moment. They rejoiced and accepted that Jesus was reunited with them. How would you react to that situation? Would you recognize Jesus or would your fear keep you from knowing this truth?
When Thomas returned he did not believe (or accept) that Jesus had appeared. Was he angry that he had missed this event? How would/do you react when others speak of their God experiences? What proof do you need that God’s loving touch is present in our world? How do you work to be more open to these God-moments in your life?
Loving God, thank You for Your presence within and around us. Please help us to be more confident in, and aware of, Your loving touch in our lives. Call us to recognize You in everyday moments as well as extraordinary events. Confidently, we ask this in Your Son’s name. Amen!
Mary Beth Gianoli, OSF