The Good News for the day, April 8, 2018
Second Sunday of Easter/Sunday of Divine Mercy (44)
On the evening of that first day of the week– doors kept locked where the disciples were, fearing Judeans—Jesus came in, stood right among them, and said to them, “Let there be peace among you.” When he had said this, he showed them his hands and his side. The followers were glad to see their Leader. Jesus repeated, “Be at peace, you. The way the Father has been giving me a mission, so I am giving you one.” Having said this, He breathed his living breath onto them and said, “Receive my own Life-Wind-Spirit that is so sacred, and different—it means that whosoever’s sins you forgive–get forgiven them, and whose sins you lay aside get laid aside.” Thomas (Didymus, one of the Twelve) was not among them when Jesus came that time. So, the other disciples told him, “We have seen The Leader.” But Thomas objected, “Unless I see the wounds of the nails in his hands and put my finger into the wound marks—and put my hand into his side, I won’t believe it.” A week later, then, his followers were inside once again, but Thomas was with them. Jesus came–though the doors were locked—and stood among them and repeated, “Let there be peace among you.” Then he addressed Thomas, “Put your finger here, see my hands, bring your hand, put it into my side, don’t be disbelieving—believe!” Thomas answered, “My Lord and my God!” Jesus said to him, “Have you come to believe because you saw me? How well off are those persons who, not seeing, believe anyway.” Jesus did many another significant things in the presence of his followers, things not written in this book. But these are written so that you may come to believe that Jesus is the Messiah—THE Child of God—and, by believing, you may have life in His family. (John 20)
You and I so often drift from the reality of these people—as though they are cardboard figures in front of a theater, saints mosaiced on the wall, or drawings in a book. You can picture a squabbling group of men and women, blaming each other, accusing even while feeling guilty, squabbling, cussing and hassling one another. Human beings all. Failures. Disappointed—the wreckage of commitments.
Of course, Jesus has to bring peace to such a crew (as we all are). Forgive each other, He is saying. “Get what you have been missing so long—that Outlook, that Difference, that Life which is distinctive (sacred) as a Child of God. Be at peace with failures & wounds.”
You and I haven’t “touched” Jesus—we are ALL Thomas—the point! Not seeing Jesus—but believing, becoming a Child of God, living His Life, His mercy, grace and glory integrated into your life—the DNA-blood of God now in YOUR heart