Meditations and Prayers for Lent and Easter

The Second Sunday of Easter:
the Risen Jesus offers the power to believe

by Victor Hoagland, C.P.
Jn 20:19-31

Jesus and Thomas
Then [Jesus] said to Thomas, “Put your finger here and see my hands, and bring your hand and put it into my side, and do not be unbelieving, but believe.” John 20:27

The yearly feast of Easter is a celebration, not of one day, but of fifty days, from Holy Saturday till the feast of Pentecost. Besides the yearly feast, we also celebrate Easter each Sunday of the year.

Why celebrate Jesus’ Resurrection so extensively? Because we’re so slow to realize what it means, and need reminding over and over.

Some things — like telling time or tying our shoes — we learn once, but the resurrection of Jesus is a mystery not learned at once. We never grasp it completely, but only day by day, as life unfolds, do we come to say “I believe.”

That’s why Thomas, the apostle, whom we remember on the 2nd Sunday of Easter, is such an important figure. Far from being a lonely skeptic, an isolated dissenter, he represents the slowness of heart and mind, the recurrent skepticism, that affects us all.

His story, rather than raising doubts, is a reminder that the Risen Jesus offers, even to the most unconvinced, the power to believe.

Lord Jesus,
you showed your apostle Thomas
the wounds in your hands and side
and called him to believe in you,
as Lord and God.

Risen and present everywhere,
bless those who have not seen
and renew our world of doubt
and weakened faith.

Bless us, Lord, with the love
that flows from your wounds,
Renew our faith
and help us to grow
in believing in you.

May the Passion of Jesus Christ Be Always in Our Hearts

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