John 20:19-31 (Mercy Sunday)
“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 men’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.”
How does this account bring you new hope?
Sit with what that means to you.
Carry that message into your day?
Heritage word—“Easter is the feast of life.”
(Sr. Mary Sujita, 9th Superior General of the Sisters of Notre Dame)