The good news for the day April 23, 2017

The Sunday after Easter, Low Sunday, Sunday of Divine Mercy (43)

{Easter] Sunday evening—the doors locked where the followers of Jesus were staying (for fear of those Jews in power)—Jesus came to them. He was standing there among them; He says, “Peace to you.” Once He had said this, He showed them His hands and his side. These followers felt glad to see the Master. Jesus said again, “Peace to you. As the Father has sent me, I am sending you.” After He had said this, He breathed out onto them and said, “Welcome in the difference my spirit makes: whose failings you forgive—they are forgiven them, and whose failings you take control of –will be controlled.” One of the Twelve, Thomas (“the Twin”) was not there with them when Jesus came. The other followers of Jesus told him, “We have seen the Master.” But he said to them, “Unless I see the mark of the nails in his hands, put my finger into those nail holes, and actually put my hand into his side, I won’t believe.” A week later his followers were again gathered indoors—Thomas with them. Jesus came—although doors were locked, stood in their midst, and said, “Peace to you.” He said to Thomas, “Put your finger here and see my hands; bring your hand and put it into my side, and don’t be unbelieving, but believe.” Thomas answered him, “My Lord and my God!” Jesus said to him, “Have you come to believe just because you have looked upon me? How well off are people who have not seen Me but have believed.” Jesus did many other significant acts in the presence of his followers that have not been written in this book. But these have been written down, so that you may come to believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Child of God, and that through this belief you may have Life in his name. (John 20)

We have not seen! Like Thomas you have been absent from that era and that gathering of His followers. You have come to believe –Jesus is the Messiah-Child of God! Why? Why do you believe? Jesus did significant acts – not violations of nature—a modern, agnostic definition of a “miracle”—but actions and words that “interiorize” his Spirit – that breathe into your heart and become part of your breath each moment! It is His outlook of caring, humility, self-sacrifice, forgiveness – and the wild courage to live with failings we forgive, tolerate or fight. That is Life—Truly Living, not just existing—that Spirit, that Dynamism.


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