SND Toledo Daily Gospels

Thursday Gospel

“It happened that one of the Twelve, Thomas (the name means ‘Twin’), was absent when Jesus came. The other disciples kept telling him:  ‘We have seen the Lord!’  His answer was, ‘I’ll never believe it without probing the nail-prints in his hands, without putting my finger in the nail-marks and my hand into his side.’”

When have you noticed a “doubting Thomas” in yourself?

What occasionally causes you to doubt Jesus’ words or actions in your life?

In the depths of your heart, ask for the grace to be more open to the mysteries of God in your life.

Heritage word—“Each of us has to learn to accept the various stumbling blocks and absurdities of our own characters and situations as a sign, not of defeat, nor of absence of the Lord, but of His powerful presence.”

(Sister Mary Louise Ann, 8th Provincial of the Toledo Province)

Wednesday Gospel

“Then he breathed on them and said: ‘Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive people’s sins, they are forgiven them; if you hold them bound, they are held bound.’”

Be still and allow God to breathe the Divine Spirit into you.

If you need to forgive someone, allow God to enable you to do that so you can let go of whatever has caused you to withhold your mercy up to this time.

May merciful love fill your heart.

Heritage word“Let our celebration today raise us up and renew our lives by the Spirit that is within us.”

(Sister Mary Sujita, 9th Superior General of the Sister of Notre Dame)

Tuesday Gospel

“‘Peace be with you,’ he said again. ‘As the Father has sent me, so I send you.’”

Repeat Jesus’ words slowly and as often as necessary until they touch your soul, “Peace be with you, (insert your name).”

Now allow Him to say “As the Father has sent me, so I send you.”

Be aware that you carry that blessing wherever you go today.

Heritage word“God’s graces will be in abundance wherever He has placed us.”

(Sr. Mary Lucy, 4th Provincial of the Toledo Province)

Monday Gospel

“On the evening of that first day of the week, even though the disciples had locked the doors of the place where they were for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood before them. ‘Peace be with you,’ he said.  When he had said this, he showed them his hands and his side.  At the sight of the Lord the disciples rejoiced.”

Do you ever lock the door of your heart?

What/who do you fear?

Try opening your heart’s door today and see what happens.

Heritage word“Those who are humble need never fear anything.”

(Sr. Mary Borromeo, 4th Provincial of the Covington Province)

Sunday Gospel

“On the evening of that first day of the week, even though the disciples had locked the doors of the place where they were for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood before them. ‘Peace be with you,’ he said.  When he had said this, he showed them his hands and his side.  At the sight of the Lord the disciples rejoiced.  ‘Peace be with you,’ he said again.  ‘As the Father has sent me, so I send you.’  Then he breathed on them and said: ‘Receive the Holy Spirit.  If you forgive people’s sins, they are forgiven them; if you hold them bound, they are held bound.’

It happened that one of the Twelve, Thomas (the name means ‘Twin’), was absent when Jesus came. The other disciples kept telling him:  ‘We have seen the Lord!’  His answer was, ‘I’ll never believe it without probing the nail-prints in his hands, without putting my finger in the nail-marks and my hand into his side.’

A week later, the disciples were once more in the room, and this time Thomas was with them. Despite the locked doors, Jesus came and stood before them.  ‘Peace be with you,’ he said; then, to Thomas:  ‘Take your finger and examine my hands.  Put your hand into my side.  Do not persist in your unbelief, but believe!’  Thomas said in response, ‘My Lord and my God!’ Jesus then said to him:  ‘You became a believer because you saw me.  Blest are they who have not seen and have believed.’

Jesus performed many other signs as well—signs not recorded here—in the presence of his disciples. But these have been recorded to help you believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, so that through this faith you may have life in his name.”

Join Mary, the disciples at this time, in the room where Jesus appeared.

Observe what you see and hear?

As you get to the end of the reading, what touches you?

Heritage word“Would that we could realize what inestimable treasures are confided to our care!”

(Sr. Mary Fledis, 1st Provincial of the Toledo Province)

Saturday Gospel

“Then the other disciple also went in, the one who had arrived at the tomb first, and he saw and believed. For they did not yet understand the Scripture that he had to rise from the dead.”

Enter the tomb and stand in this “holy place of mystery.”

What fills your mind and heart?

Allow your belief in the Risen Jesus to affect the way you live today?

Heritage word“It was only in the light of the Risen Lord that the two disciples were able to see.”

(Sister Mary Louise Ann, 8th Provincial of the Toledo Province)

Friday Gospel

“When Simon Peter arrived after him, he went into the tomb and saw the burial cloths there, and the cloth that had covered his head, not with the burial cloths but rolled up in a separate place.”

At a banquet in Jesus’ time if the napkin was folded neatly after a meal, that was a sign that the host would be back.

The folded cloth here in the tomb must have made Peter and John all the more curious. Jesus would be back?

In times of trouble, allow the hope of Jesus’ return to replace your sense of emptiness or confusion.

Heritage word“It is through our God-experience that we are converted to see this new vision.”

(Sr. Mary Sujita, 9th Superior General of the Sisters of Notre Dame)

Thursday Gospel

“They both ran, but the other disciple ran faster than Peter and arrived at the tomb first; he bent down and saw the burial cloths there, but did not go in.”

 Notice that John and Peter wasted no time getting to the tomb.

“Seeing is believing.” What might they have expected to see?

Imagine their surprise when they found the empty tomb.

Heritage word—“Values always tend to reappear under new guises and human being have arisen time after time from situations that seemed doomed.”

(Sr. Mary Kristin, 10 Superior General of the Sisters of Notre Dame)

Wednesday Gospel

So Peter and the other disciple went out and came to the tomb.”

Watch what is happening here; sense the urgency in Peter and John running to the tomb.

Do you ever feel an urgency for Jesus to be near you?

Stay with that feeling, allowing it to reveal God’s message to you.

Heritage word“It is significant that the light of the Easter candle, the Light of Christ, is not diminished by its being shared.”

(Sister Mary Louise Ann, 8th Provincial of the Toledo Province)

Tuesday Gospel

“So she ran and went to Simon Peter and to the other disciple whom Jesus loved, and told them, ‘They have taken the Lord from the tomb, and we don’t know where they put him.’”

After hearing Mary Magdalen’s testimony, peer into the empty tomb.

How receptive do you think Peter and the other disciples would have been to her news?

Allow the spirit of the Risen Jesus to fill your heart and move into your day.

Heritage word—“. . .we seek to give witness to the presence of the Lord among us.”

Constitutions of the Sisters of Notre Dame, article 54)

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