Posted by: livingscripture | April 27, 2014

DIVINE MERCY SUNDAY

From the Word of the Day

 

Now, Jesus did many other signs in the presence of his disciples that are not written in this book.  But these are written that you may come to believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that through this belief you may have life in his name.”

 (John 20: 31)    

 

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John concludes his Gospel with a statement regarding the choice he made in reference to signs, the events that the other evangelists call miracles.  He affirms that he chose only a few among the many, but that these are enough to reinforce the gift of faith in Christ Jesus, the Risen Lord.  It is as though he is saying that it is not the quality or quantity of signs that make for faith.  He says this after his narration of the last type of signs, those of the apparitions.  We can imagine that there were many other unwritten apparitions that happened between Jesus and His disciples.  It was a vital frequency so that the Risen Lord could hearten his own in a few days and give them the strength to continue the proclamation of the Good News with renewed and powerful zeal.

John, perhaps more than the other evangelists, stresses how the physical presence of Jesus in life had not as yet transformed and changed the minds of the disciples.  Even the most faithful and enthusiastic ones continued to ask Him questions, like Philip who said, “Show us the Father and it will be enough”, or Thomas who would not believe unless he saw the mark of the nails in his hands and put his finger into the nail marks and his hand into his side.  Jesus’ physicality was not proof sufficient of His divinity nor were the obvious signs of the miracles worked.

These chosen narratives of His apparitions hide the secret of an authentic encounter with Christ as the Son of God, the only Savior of the world.  We must become aware of what His presence in our life implies and how it leads to a relationship.  Mary Magdalene sees Jesus in the garden of the tomb and does not recognize Him.  After Jesus asks her who she is looking for and calls her by name, she recognizes Him as the Teacher but she must not hold on to Him.  She must go beyond.  Thomas is obstinate in his disbelief.  The words of the Risen One and Thomas’ readiness to be touched, take away all need of ulterior proof and he exclaims, “My Lord and my God”.  John, after a night of futile work and having accepted the invitation of a stranger to fish again, even though it is daylight, once the boat is filled with fish and they are yet far from shore,  he recognizes that the stranger is Jesus and he calls Him the Lord!

Today as I pause for silent contemplation, I will ask Jesus to ready my heart to see Him in the many ways He shows Himself to me during my day. 

Lord, I find it so hard to believe you are present with me always.  Reinforce my faith so that it believes even without overt signs because I trust You implicitly.   

The voice of Pope St. Gregory 

Blessed are those who have not seen and yet believe!  These words apply to us, who believe in the One we have not seen with our senses.  But our faith must be followed by works, putting our faith into practice.


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