Reflection for the Second Sunday of Easter, by Associate April Boyle

Doubting Thomas, by Giovanni Serodine [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

First Reading: Acts 5:12-16
Second Reading: Rv 1:9-13, 17-19
Gospel: John 20: 19-31

The apostles in the early church laid hands on the sick and cured them.  By these signs and wonders, many came to believe in Jesus.  In today’s Gospel, we have the apostle, Thomas, who refuses to believe in the Risen Lord unless he can see and touch His wounds.  How difficult it can be for us today to have faith Jesus, whom we have not seen in the flesh, and whose power to work miracles we may not have witnessed.  Do we sometimes doubt, as Thomas did?  Through today’s readings, however, it appears that Jesus is well aware of our weaknesses and limitations.   This is evident when He says: “Blest are those who have not seen, yet still believe.” (Jn 20:29) Jesus further reassures us in Revelations that He is the first and last, and that we should not be afraid.  How much faith in God do we really have?

Dear Jesus, help us in our unbelief and doubt.  Help us to have faith in You and Your promise of eternal life.  Strengthen us so that we will know and believe, on the deepest level, that you are the living Son of God who lives forevermore.  Help us to persevere in faith, hope, and love until you call us home to be with you in the fullness of your presence forever.  Amen.

April J. Boyle, Associate

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