Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:
April 3, A.D. 2005
1 Peter 1:3-9
A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:
"I will not believe . . . " John 20:19-31
Standing in their fear, Jesus stands in their midst. He transforms His
Apostles: "Peace be with you."
His hands and His side unveil their eyes to hope and faith. "Peace be with
you", He blesses again and immediately dispatches them to bring this Peace
to souls as the Father sends Him. Jesus in-spires them with the Holy Spirit
of God, breathing upon them the power to 'heal the wounds of sin through the
forgiveness of sins.' "Whose sins you forgive are forgiven them, and whose
sins you retain are retained." (John 20:23)
Thomas persists in his fears, for he has not experienced their "eye-opening"
faith; the blessings of Peace, the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, the
commissioning to heal through the forgiveness of sins. Fear shutters his
will to see Truth. He has lost his beloved Lord. He will not lose himself.
"I will not believe. . ." Thomas declares, ". . . unless I see."
Jesus hastens to heal Thomas, "Peace be with you." Absolved, Thomas "sees,"
and is healed. He enters into the Kingdom of God, the very wounds Jesus
gives him as a refuge for peace and rest. This is the very Kingdom we "enter
in" and which enters us in the most Holy Eucharist. The very wounded flesh
and blood given to us, as to Thomas, restores us in Jesus. Eucharistically
rising anew, we are dispatched for souls to find refuge and healing in what
we will suffer to heal, when we will give our woundedness in Him as Peace
Eucharistically we remain one in Him, His one sacrifice. Commissioned, we
are one in His healing, His one peace. Thomas voices our own release from
the prison of sin that will not believe, "My Lord and my God."
- Mary Williams
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