April 7, Second Sunday of Easter
Give thanks to the Lord for he is good, his love is everlasting. — Psalm 118:1
Mass Readings: Acts 5:12-16/Revelation 1:9-11a,12-13,17-19/John 20:19-31
There’s More to Thomas
Sometimes a story becomes so familiar, like the face of someone we see every day, that we stop looking at it. That’s true of today’s Gospel: Jesus’ encounter with “Doubting Thomas” and the Lord’s admonition, “Blessed are those who have not seen and have believed.” Yet the gesture we associate with doubt is also an image of faith.
Since Jesus’ ascension, as He taught us, we look for Him in our suffering brothers and sisters. And here the image of Thomas touching Christ’s wounds becomes prophetic. For each of us knows hurt—physical, emotional or spiritual—yet faith calls us to confront and touch those wounds in each other. And in loving our wounded neighbors as our wounded selves, we find our Lord and our God.
Prayer: Lord, let me not shrink from touching You, no matter how distressing Your disguise.
Courtesy of Our Sunday Visitor: http://www.osv.com/MyDailyVisitor/tabid/7626/Default.aspx