Thursday, April 9, 2015
When all hope appears to be gone, Jesus
by Sister Carolyn Zahringer
The setting for today's Gospel is the evening of the first day
of the week when the disciples (though not all) were
together in a locked room. Jesus has been put to death. Why
isn't Thomas with them? Do you wonder what he was doing? What was
he thinking? Whatever pushed him to be out "searching" in the
darkness of evening for "something"?
Jesus enters the locked room and stands in their midst. He
didn't knock to get their attention, he merely appears. What would
that have felt like to be there that evening? Jesus comes and
stands in the circle of their fear and wishes them peace.
Today is the second Sunday for us to celebrate the "EASTER"
event, we practice becoming brave to move out from behind our own
locked doors to celebrate the fact that Jesus is ALIVE! We are
surrounded by the love and mercy of God in the person and gift of
Jesus. Through Jesus' wounds we are healed and made whole -- a
miracle in time.
Jesus comes to visit us in our "Thomas" moments of questioning
and searching. In each Eucharistic moment, may we find the courage
and grace to utter with Thomas: "My Lord and My God."
Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Divine Mercy Sunday: Give your burdens to God
who can make all new
by Sister Francis Bangert
Have you ever been given the uncomplimentary label of a
"doubting Thomas"? Thomas simply did not believe Jesus had risen
from the dead. His other name, Didymus means "twin." Like most
twins, he was probably compared to, in conflict with, and forced to
share with his twin sibling. This background could have colored his
outlook on life with habits of doubt or distrust. At the same
time, he was part of the inner circle of Jesus' followers and
exhibited great courage (like going with Jesus to Bethany to raise
Lazarus -- a dangerous situation since the religious leaders were
plotting to kill Jesus).
Thomas didn't doubt Jesus' resurrection out of fear. He continued
to meet with the other followers in the upper room. He just was
absent the first time Jesus appeared to them. He wanted some kind
of proof that they weren't seeing things. He was given clear
evidence that Jesus was alive and exclaimed with awe, "My Lord and
We, too, have clear evidence of the Resurrection. When we give
over our problems, worries and addictions to our Risen Lord, the
power of His Spirit at work in us can transform us, doing
infinitely more than we can ask or imagine. On this Divine Mercy
Sunday, let us be open to receive the transforming love of the
Divine and respond with humble faith, gratitude and joy.
This is the day the Lord has made!
Let us rejoice and be glad!