Sunday, April 19, 2009



In his first of a series of appearances to his disciples Jesus filled them with the gifts of his presence and peace, the call to participate in his mission, and the Holy Spirit. With these gifts he not only strengthened their faith, but also increased their joy and empowered them in their struggle against sin.

These gifts were not meant only for the disciples in the Upper Room, but are for all believers. They are for all of us today if we open our hearts in faith to the Risen One and greet him in the words of the converted Thomas, “My Lord and my God!”

Today we celebrate the Feast of Jesus, King of Divine Mercy. This consoling devotion, centered on Christ’s merciful love for sinners, is a must for all of us, for we all need to experience such love. Likewise, we all have the duty to become instruments of his mercy to our neighbor.

On the evening of that first day of the week, when the doors were locked where the disciples were, for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood in their midst and said to them, “Peace be with you.” When he had said this, he showed them his hands and his side. The disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord. Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you.”

And when he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit. Whose sins you forgive are forgiven them, and whose sins you retain are retained.”

Thomas, called Didymus, one of the Twelve, was not with them when Jesus came. So the other disciples said to him, “We have seen the Lord.” But he said to them, “Unless I see the mark of the nails in his hands and put my finger into the nailmarks and put my hand into his side, I will not believe!”

Now a week later his disciples were again inside and Thomas was with them. Jesus came, although the doors were locked, and stood in their midst and said, “Peace be with you.” Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here and see my hands, and bring your hand and put it into my side, and do not be unbelieving, but believe.” Thomas answered and said to him, “My Lord and my God!” Jesus said to him, “Have you come to believe because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and have believed.”

Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of his disciples that are not written in this book. But these are written that you may come to believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that through this belief you may have life in his name.

Euchalette, 19 April 2009
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