Posted by: livingscripture | April 19, 2009

Second Sunday of Easter

From the Word of the Day


Jesus said to Thomas, ‘Put your finger here and see my hands, and bring your hand and put it into my side, and do not be unbelieving, but believe’.  Thomas answered, ‘My Lord and my God!’       (John 20, 27-28)


How should we live this Word


Thomas is one of those who resists faith with determination!  When the others tell him, ‘We have seen the Lord’, he decisively responds, almost as a challenge, ‘Unless I see the mark of the nails in his hands and put my finger into the nail marks and put my hand into his side, I will not believe’.db_40-our_lord_appears_to_thomas1


The Lord accepts the challenge of this incredulous man who, nonetheless, has a good conscience.  Jesus is so condescending that he really allows him to touch His glorious wounds.  Then Thomas opens the eyes of his heart and he experiences what it means to ‘be re-born from on high; to be re-born in the Spirit’, as Jesus had told Nicodemus.  It is at this point that one of the most intense prayers and fullest acclamation of faith bursts forth from the depths of Thomas’s heart.  He recognizes the human-divine Person of the Word in Jesus of Nazareth.  He adores Him alone; “My Lord and my God!”  Immediately after, Jesus bestows on Thomas the last beatitude of the Gospel regarding faith, ‘Blessed are those who believe without seeing!’



Today as I pause for silent contemplation, I will recognize that today more than ever, faith must be reborn.  I will pray with trustful hope:


Lord, grant that I may be reborn of the Holy Spirit in a rapport with You that is true, personal, involving, and of immense confidence.



The voice of Sr. Mary Romero, a saintly missionary


There is no greater or livelier faith than believing that God always admirably tends to our interests even when He upsets our plans.


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