April 8, 2018

John 20:19-31

John’s version of the appearance of Jesus to the disciple parallels the other gospels, but two things stand out. In verses 21 and 22 Jesus breathes the Spirit on this community and sends them out in the same way he is sent out by the Father. His mission is now their mission with all that it entails. John gives Thomas a very important role in these events. He is stubborn in his need for substantial proof. But when Jesus provides him that proof he professes his faith with his whole heart.

It is not always easy to believe what cannot be seen. It is harder still to profess belief in the unseen. Though I cannot see you with my eyes, I see you with my heart and soul, and that gives me the courage to say, like Thomas, “My Lord and My God!”

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