Cycle A

Good News A19

Second Sunday of Easter

 

John 20:19-31 New American Bible

John 20:19-31 Bible Gateway New International Version

 

"Unless I see the nail marks in his hands and put my finger where the nails were,

and put my hand into his side, I will not believe it."

                       

            There is so much going on around us.  Sometimes we don’t know in whom we can trust.  We don’t know what to believe.  We are like doubting Thomas ourselves.  What does God have to do for us to prove that he is our Almighty God and Father?  He created the earth that spins and rotates without us telling it to do so.  Our bodies work astonishingly well without us telling them to do so; our hearts beat; our blood circulates; our lungs fill up with air; our food digests.  All of these things happen without us having to say:  beat, heart; move around, blood; fill up with air, lungs.  Trees drop seeds to the ground. These seeds come up without anyone telling them to do it.  Birds fly south in the Winter.  Monarch butterflies migrate thousands of miles from Canada to Mexico without anyone telling them which way to fly and when to fly.  Someone greater than man must be doing all of these things for us.

            Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead, he made the blind to see, he healed the people with skin diseases (the lepers), he appeared to the disciples going through locked doors after he had arisen from the dead.  If we had been there, would we have believed when we heard, or would we be like Thomas and have to see Jesus with our own eyes and touch him with our own hands to believe that he is truly the Son of God, the Saviour of all humanity.  Our faith in Jesus is a gift from God himself that we must treasure.  We must thank God for giving us our faith.  We must help it to grow by praying to God often. 

            We believe in you God, almighty father.   We believe in your son, our Lord, Jesus Christ.  We believe in the Holy Spirit, the third person in the Holy Trinity.  Help us protect and guard our faith in you.  Amen.

          Say the “Our Father” and ask God to help you to be caring and to know just what to do to protect your loved ones from harm. Ask him to forgive you and to help you to forgive others.  

 

Our Father, who art in Heaven,

Hallowed be Thy name.

Thy kingdom come.

Thy will be done,

On earth as it is in heaven.

Give us this day, our daily bread.

And forgive us our trespasses,

As we forgive those who trespass against us.

And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.  Amen.”

              

                       

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