On the evening of that day, the first day of the week, the doors being shut where the
disciples were, for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said to
them, "Peace be with you." When he had said this, he showed them his hands and his
side. Then the disciples were glad when they saw the Lord. Jesus said to them again,
"Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, even so I send you." And when he had
said this, he breathed on them, and said to them, "Receive the Holy Spirit. If you
forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained."
Now Thomas, one of the twelve, called the Twin, was not with them when Jesus
came. So the other disciples told him, "We have seen the Lord." But he said to them,
"Unless I see in his hands the print of the nails, and place my finger in the mark of the
nails, and place my hand in his side, I will not believe."
Eight days later, his disciples were again in the house, and Thomas was with them.
The doors were shut, but Jesus came and stood among them, and said, "Peace be with
you." Then he said to Thomas, "Put your finger here, and see my hands; and put out
your hand, and place it in my side; do not be faithless, but believing." Thomas
answered him, "My Lord and my God!" Jesus said to him, "Have you believed because
you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet believe."
Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of the disciples, which are not
written in this book; but these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the
Christ, the Son of God, and that believing you may have life in his name. - John 20: 19-31
Now read Fr Brendan Grady's reflection on this Easter Gospel reading, here.
Let us pray:
I thank you Jesus, my Lord and my God, that you have loved me and called me, made me worthy to be your disciple, that you have given me the Spirit, the One sent to proclaim and witness to your resurrection, to the mercy of the Father, to salvation and pardon for all men and women in the world. You truly are the way, the truth and the life, the dawn without a setting, the sun of justice and peace. Grant that I may dwell in your love, bound to you like a branch to its vine. Grant me your peace so that I may overcome my weaknesses, face my doubts and respond to your call and live fully the mission you entrusted to me, praising you forever. You who live and reign forever and ever. Amen
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