SECOND SUNDAY OF EASTER, (A) – APRIL 23, 2017 PART 2 THOMAS THE DOUBTER (Jn 20:24-29)

Prayer: Jesus, remove all my doubts so I can proclaim you as Lord and God.

Imagination: (Picture Jesus offering Thomas the opportunity to touch his wounds.)

Context:

This is the high point of the gospel. John has put forth all the evidence
to show Jesus has come from the Father. He has told many stories of people accepting Jesus. In this text, Thomas gives the clearest and greatest expression of faith in Jesus,
“My Lord and my God.”

Gospel Text: (Read slowly, possibly aloud.)

When the disciples told Thomas that they had seen the Lord, he said,
“Unless I see the mark of the nails in his hands and put my finger into the nail marks
and put my hand into his side, I will not believe.”

A week later, Jesus came, even though the doors were locked. He said, “Peace be with you.” Then, he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here and see my hands. Bring your
hand and put it into my side. Do not be unbelieving but believe.” Thomas answered,
“My Lord and my God.”

Jesus said “Have you come to believe because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and have believed.”

Thoughts: (Read all. Ponder those that attract you.)

  1. Even a week later, the doors are still locked from fear.
  2. Thomas’ doubts have closed his mind to faith.
  3. Jesus overcomes both the locked doors and the closed mind.
  4. To gain Thomas heart, Jesus accedes to his requests.
  5. Thomas’ story, (more than any other), shows that Jesus’ body was truly risen.
  6. Thomas’ faith goes beyond the other disciples. He is the first to proclaim Jesus as “Lord and God.”
  7. Jesus praises us. We believe without seeing his risen body.

Affections: (When one touches your heart, use your own words.)

  1. Enter my heart, Jesus. Do not let my closed doors keep you away.
  2. You arrange everything to bring me to faith.
  3. Jesus, let me touch your hands and enter your open heart.
  4. O Lord, let me experience you. Come in your fullness.
  5. You are “Lord, God, Saviour, Redeemer” – my all!

Resolutions: (Possibly you might want to make your own.)

  1. I will ask Jesus to come to me.
  2. I will believe even though I do not see.

Thought for the Day: (To recall your meditation)

Blessed are those who have not seen and have believed.

MARCH 27, 2016 – EASTER SUNDAY (C) – THE DISCIPLES AT THE TOMB

(John 20:1-8)

Prayer: Come, Holy Spirit. Give me the faith to seek the risen Christ.

Imagination: Picture the disciples at the empty tomb.

Context:

If Jesus has risen from the dead, then his tomb must be empty. All four gospels begin their Easter stories with visits to the empty tomb and with descriptions of the disciples’ reactions.

Gospel Text: (Read slowly, possibly aloud)

When it was still dark on the first day of the week, Magdalene came to the tomb and saw that the stone had been taken away. She ran to Peter and to the disciple whom Jesus loved and said to them, “They have taken away the Lord from the tomb and we do not know where they have placed him.”

Then, Peter and the other disciple went out to the tomb. They both ran together but the other disciple outran Peter and came first to the tomb. When he bent down, he saw the linen cloth lying there, but he did not go in. When Peter arrived, he went into the tomb and saw the linen clothes. The cloth that had been around his head was not lying with the linen clothes, but was wrapped together in another place. Then, the other disciple, who came to the tomb first, went in. He saw and believed. As yet they did not understand the scripture that he must rise from the dead. The disciples left and went home, but Mary stayed outside the tomb weeping.

Thoughts: (Read all. Ponder those that attract you.)

  1. The Beloved Disciple is the author of John’s gospel. All of the many details, (about the various linens, where they were placed, and who arrived first), are memories of his personal experiences.
  2. Notice the readiness of these three disciples. Magdalen comes as early as possible, while Peter and the Beloved Disciple run to the tomb.
  3. Although experiencing the empty tomb, the disciples still do not know that Jesus is risen.
  4. Peter seems totally confused. The Beloved Disciple believes, but does not understand the full story. Magdalen is weeping.
  5. This is God’s first stirring. The full gift will soon come. At least, they are searching.
  6. The two disciples return home. Magdalen’s great love, however, takes her in a more important direction. She stays at the tomb.

Affections: (When one touches your heart, use your own words.)

  1. O Lord, thank you for these eyewitnesses. My faith in your resurrection is based on their witness.
  2. All this evidence captures my intellect. The stone is rolled away.       The body is not there. The linens are in various places.
  3. My heart is ready to believe.
  4. Let me run. Let me hurry quickly. I must find you.
  5. Give me the heart of Magdalen. I don’t want to return home to the empty world.

Resolutions: (Possibly you might want to make your own.)

  1. I will renew my faith in the risen Jesus.
  2. I will study the scriptures

Thought for Today: (To recall your Meditation)

Magdalen ran to the apostles. Peter and the Beloved Disciple ran to the tomb.