Weekly Reflections

Reflection for April 12, 2015

Thursday, April 9, 2015

When all hope appears to be gone, Jesus proves otherwise

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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."



Reflection for April 27, 2014

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 My God."

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!