Second Sunday of Easter

Second Sunday of Easter

My Lord and my God!

The focus of the readings this Sunday is the group of believers. Acts of the Apostles describes what the early community is like, while the Gospel sees the transformation in the believers from Easter Sunday to eight days later. The Apostle Thomas becomes our example of faith.

Easter is all about transformation, from darkness to light, fear to faith, death to life. This week as we reflect on the faith bond that joins us to the community of believers, perhaps the Lord is asking us to be more aware of the part we can play in the community, and the part the community of faith plays in our spirituality.

As you begin these reflections each day spend a few moments repeating the phrase “Speak Lord, your servant it listening.” Then read the short passage from Sunday’s readings until you have memorised it. Read the questions and give yourself time to deeply consider your response. Once you have reflected for a few minutes, speak to the Lord, as you would to a friend, about what you have reflected upon.

 

Sunday.

Jesus came in and stood among them. He said to them, ‘Peace be with you,’ and showed them his hands and his side. The disciples were filled with joy when they saw the Lord, and he said to them again, ‘Peace be with you. As the Father sent me, so am I sending you.’ (John 20:19-21)

  • Remember times when you were filled with joy.
  • When have you felt ‘sent’ by the Lord?
  • Who could you say ‘Peace be with you’ to?
  • Listen to the Lord as he speaks of his peace to you.

 

Monday.

He breathed on them and said, ‘Receive the Holy Spirit. For those whose sins you forgive, they are forgiven; for those whose sins you retrain, they are retained. (John 20:22-23)

  • Remember times when you have felt forgiven.
  • Do you ever retain someone’s sins rather than forgiving them?
  • Has anyone ever done that to you? What did it feel like?
  • Allow the Lord to breathe the Holy Spirit on you.

 

Tuesday.

Then he spoke to Thomas, ‘Put your finger here, look here are my hands. Give me your hand, put it in my side. Doubt no longer but believe’. Thomas replied, ‘My Lord and my God.’ Jesus said to him: ‘You believe because you can see me. Happy are those who have not seen and yet believe’. (John 20: 27-29)

  • What are the things you doubt?
  • What would it take for you leave them aside and believe?
  • Spend a few moments repeating the line, ‘My Lord and my God.’
  • What is the Lord showing you just now?

 

Wednesday.

My name is John, and through our union in Jesus I am your brother and share your sufferings, your kingdom, and all you endure. I was on the island of Patmos for having preached God’s word and witnessed for Jesus. (Apocalypse 1:9)

  • Who do you feel in union with through Jesus?
  • Who shares your sufferings and all you endure?
  • How do you witness for Jesus?
  • Listen to the Lord who is in union with you.

 

Thursday.

Give thanks to the Lord for he is good, for his love has no end. (Psalm 117:1)

  • Make a list of all the goodness you have experienced from the Lord.
  • Give thanks for all that goodness.
  • Remind yourself that God never gives up on us.
  • What good is the Lord doing for you today?

 

Friday

The faithful all used to meet by common consent in the Portico of Solomon. No one else ever dared to join them, but the people were loud in their praise and the numbers of men and women who came to believe in the Lord increased steadily. (Acts 5:12-14)

  • How important is it to meet with the rest of the faithful?
  • What do you praise the Lord for?
  • Do you know anyone who has come to believe in the Lord through your example?
  • Let the Lord speak to your heart about his love for you.

 

Saturday

So many signs and wonders were worked among the people at the hands of the apostles that the sick were even taken out into the streets and laid on beds and sleeping-mats in the hope that at least the shadow of Peter might fall across some of them as he went past. (Acts 5:15)

  • What signs and wonders have been worked in your life?
  • How does the Church continue the healing ministry of Jesus?
  • What do you need healing from?
  • Listen to the Lord as he speaks his words of healing over you.
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