Gospel Reading and Thoughts for April 12, 2015

Jesus and Thomas2Gospel – John 20:19-31

On the evening of that first day of the week, when the doors were locked, where the disciples were, for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood in their midst and said to them, “Peace be with you.” When he had said this, he showed them his hands and his side. The disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord. Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you.” And when he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit. Whose sins you forgive are forgiven them, and whose sins you retain are retained.” Thomas, called Didymus, one of the Twelve, was not with them when Jesus came. So the other disciples said to him, “We have seen the Lord.” But he said to them, “Unless I see the mark of the nails in his hands and put my finger into the nailmarks and put my hand into his side, I will not believe.” Now a week later his disciples were again inside and Thomas was with them. Jesus came, although the doors were locked, and stood in their midst and said, “Peace be with you.” Then he 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 and said to him, “My Lord and my God!” Jesus said to him, “Have you come to believe because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and have believed.” 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.

 

Blessed are those who have not seen and have believed….. That’s us!! You have to admit – our faith can expect a lot of us. Imagine if, having never before heard of Jesus, you heard a story of a man today who could heal the sick, forgive sins and even rose from the dead. And then he expected people to eat his flesh and drink his blood to attain eternal life. And he even wanted us to put others’ needs in front of our own. We would probably write him off as a crazy person. The story is so far-fetched that it makes our faith in our Lord and Savior even more beautiful and amazing. We who have not seen yet have believed. We place our very lives and eternal souls in the hands of someone we have never met in person. Yet we have met Him! If you have ever experienced the affection of a child, the compassion of a loved one, the kindness of a friend, the mercy of a stranger…then we too have met Christ. And we can bring Christ to others through our own compassion, kindness, and mercy….. and love that we show to others so that all may come to believe.

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