Cycle C

Good News C21

Second Sunday of Easter

 

John 20:19-31 New American Bible

John 20:19-31 New International Bible

         

Think about the apostles.  Jesus, their best friend was killed.  They were afraid that the same people were going to come and kill them, too.  They locked the doors and closed the windows.  They huddled together in the center of the room.  They were thinking the very worst thing that could happen to them was death.  The very worst thing that could happen is death without knowing God’s love and forgiveness.  When you are afraid, ask yourself this question:  Is God happy with you?  If God is happy with you, then you are in good shape.  You can overcome any problem with God on your side.  If God is not happy with you, then before you do anything, tell God that you are sorry that you have hurt him.  Ask God what you should do to make things right with him. 

Tell God all the things you are thankful for.  The sun, the moon, the stars…sea turtles, cows, horses, pigs, birds, dogs, cats…flowers, plants, trees…family, friends…pennies, nickels, dimes, quarters…shelter…cars, buses, trains, planes…food, water...knowledge, skills…jobs, companies.  When everything is right between you and God, then ask God how to solve the problem that is scaring you. God will send you hope and you will be at peace knowing that if you die, you will live with God forever in heaven. If it is not yet your time to be with him, God will send his Son, Jesus Christ to say, “Peace be with you.”  He will send the Holy Spirit with knowledge and skills to solve this problem. You will rejoice and be glad.

Say the “Our Father.” Thank God for giving you everything you need to survive.  Thank God for helping you solve the problems in your life.  Thank God for giving you his Son, Jesus Christ and sending the Holy Spirit to give you knowledge and skills to survive in this world.  Tell God how much you love him and need him.  Forgive yourself and others as God forgives you.

 

“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.”

              

 

 

Copyright © 2004 Joan Y. Edwards