Doubting Thomas Sunday. 11 April 2021

The Reading this Sunday is from the Gospel of John 20:19-31

Let us pray: Today let our faith guide us and not let the doubts creep in. Guide us to follow in the way of your risen Son. To care for others not with just words but with acts of love, seeking to be more like your Son Jesus. We offer you our prayers in the Name of Jesus our Savior. Amen.

The first reflection I wrote last year was the second Sunday of Easter. It hardly seems a year has passed but at times it almost seems a lifetime. We have got this far and if things continue to improve a sense of normality may happen. To those disciples there that day, when Jesus appeared was anything but normal. they were confused, scared and also doubtful, but Jesus reassured them and gave them hope. So I think instead of this being Doubting Thomas Sunday it should be called the Sunday of Faith. Where Jesus reassures us and gives us hope. For those disciples it was a test of faith. For us believing is really a big leap. With all our understanding of the life of Jesus we have the belief and faith to fully believe and accept that Jesus truly existed and truly came back from the dead as the scriptures proclaimed. Remember what Jesus said “Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have come to believe”. Today through our faith one has to believe that the world today will be better tomorrow, we have to understand and believe that as each day passes things are improving. It has been over a year that we have been in the midst of this rather difficult period. It is not so different from what the disciples felt. They had some fear and misgivings. At the moment that Jesus first showed Himself where do you think their heads were. I am sure they were rattled, so if Thomas wasn’t there you know from the gospel he wasn’t going to have any of it. Sort of like today we all need to believe that the things that have happened are God’s work and that He gave His only Son to save the world should give us hope. As spring starts to wrap its arms around the world our hope and faith should wrap its arms around each of us. We just need to thank God for all He has given us and truly exercise our faith in God, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Peace be with you.

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