Prayer of the Day
Second Sunday of Easter – Divine Mercy SundayApril 3rd, 2016
(John 20-19-31) Jesus’ appearance to the disciples in Jerusalem. to show the promise of his return is fulfilled.
“The first day of the week, the doors were locked because fear of the Jews. Jesus came and stood among them. He said to them,’ Peace be with you,’ and showed them his hands and side. The disciples were filled with joy when they saw the Lord, and he said to them again ‘’Peace be with you.’’
‘’As the Father sent me, so I am sending you. After saying this he breathed on them and said: ‘’Receive the Holy Spirit. For those whose sins you forgive, they are forgiven, for those whose sins you retain they are retained.’’
Thomas, called the Twin, was not with them when Jesus came. When the disciples said, ‘’ We have seen the Lord,’’ he answered, ‘’ Unless I see the holes that the nails made, and unless I can put my hand into his side, I refuse to believe.’’ Eight days later the disciples were in the house and Thomas was with them. The doors were closed, but Jesus came in and stood among them,’’ Peace be with you, ‘’ he said. Then he spoke to Thomas,’’ Put your finger here, look here are my hands. Give me your hand, put it into my side. Doubt no longer but believe.’’ Thomas replied, ‘’ My Lord and my God! Jesus said to him, ‘’Happy are those who have not seen and yet believe,’’
For our reflection, the Gospel gives a very personal account of Jesus’ appearance to Thomas. His response, confession of faith is very moving, ‘’ My Lord and my God.’’ The focal point of this Gospel is, the crucified exalted Jesus, acknowledged as ‘’ Lord and God.’’
Lord Jesus, you are the Son of God, source of eternal life. Amen