MY daily reflection and prayer:
Sunday, April 12, 2015
The Feast of the Divine Mercy
Dear my friends,
Here is the Gospel for us today according to John 20:19-31
On the evening of that day, the first day of the week, the doors being shut where the disciples were, for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said to them, “Peace be with you.” When he had said this, he showed them his hands and his side. Then the disciples were glad when they saw the Lord. Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, even so I send you.” And when he had said this, he breathed on them, and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained.”
Now Thomas, one of the twelve, called the Twin, was not with them when Jesus came. So the other disciples told him, “We have seen the Lord.” But he said to them, “Unless I see in his hands the print of the nails, and place my finger in the mark of the nails, and place my hand in his side, I will not believe.” Eight days later, his disciples were again in the house, and Thomas was with them. The doors were shut, but Jesus came and stood among them, and said, “Peace be with you.” Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here, and see my hands; and put out your hand, and place it in my side; do not be faithless, but believing.” Thomas answered him, “My Lord and my God!” Jesus said to him, “Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet believe.” Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of the disciples, which are not written in this book; but these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing you may have life in his name.
This is the Gospel of the Lord. Praise to you Lord Jesus Christ.
The Gospel today proclaims to us that on the evening of that day, the first day of the week, the doors being shut where the disciples were, for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said to them, “Peace be with you.” When he had said this, he showed them his hands and his side. Then the disciples were glad when they saw the Lord. Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, even so I send you.”
What did happen? As we know it well even after the apostles saw the empty tomb and heard the reports of Jesus’ appearance to the women, they were still weak in faith and fearful of being arrested by the Jewish authorities. The Risen Jesus Christ appeared to them and offered proofs of his resurrection by showing them the wounds of his passion, his pierced hands and side. He also calmed their fears and brought them peace.
Jesus Christ not only gave his disciples peace and calmed their fears but also sent them to bring the joy of the Gospel to the ends of the earth. Amazing, he did something which only love and trust can do. He commissioned his weak disciples to bring the good news of the Gospel to the world.
Just as Jesus Christ called his first disciples, now he calls each one of us to do the same. Just as he gave his first disciples the gift of the Holy Spirit, so he breathes on each of us the same Holy Spirit who grants us new life, power, joy, and courage to live each day as followers of the Risen Lord.
In Perpetual Adoration of the Eucharist, we proclaim that Jesus is our personal Lord and our God. He offers each of us new life in his Holy Spirit that we may know him personally and walk in this new way of life through the power of his resurrection. Let’s believe in the joy of the Gospel and in the power of the Holy Spirit to bring us new life, hope, and joy.
Let’s pray: Lord Jesus Christ, through your victory over sin and death you have overcome all the powers of sin and darkness. Help us to draw near