Second Sunday of Easter (or Sunday of Divine Mercy)
Sunday, April 27, 2014
Seeing is Believing
Today’s Readings: Acts 2:42–47; Psalm 118:2–4, 13–15, 22–24 (1); 1 Peter 1:3–9; John 20:19–31. “Seeing is believing” could have been Thomas’s motto, but Jesus’s response is “Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have come to believe.” We have not seen Jesus with our own eyes, but our faith leads us to see him in our hearts and in our sisters and brothers. This same faith led the early Christian community to care for one another with great zeal, as the first reading describes. Thomas really did not “get it” when the Apostles told him that Jesus had risen from the dead. At times, we don’t “get it” either. We have a hard time believing, yet we can take hope in Christ’s gracious, patient response to Thomas. Christ offers what we need to believe in him; he is the way, the truth, and the life on our path toward salvation.
Each week in the liturgy, we hail Jesus as “the lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world.” Through the forgiveness of sins, the Church witnesses to, and extends, the very identity and mission of Jesus. The task of the Church, and our task by virtue of our Baptism, is to extend to all life through faith in the name of Jesus the Messiah.
Do you know someone struggling with doubt? Seek this person out; share and show your faith to one another. Let your mission be to proclaim the Good News of Jesus Christ. Pay attention to those in doubt and fear, in darkness and despair, so they may begin moving toward a new life in the Spirit. Give thanks for the bread that comes down from heaven, and that gives life to the world. Blessed are those who have not seen, but believe!