This weekend’s Gospel passage (John 20:19-31) has two important occurrences that can really speak to us today. Both deal with Jesus’ merciful love for us and our need to seek it out. And when we do seek it out, we will find a love like none other. But we have to seek it out in the right way.
Central to this passage is Saint Thomas and his doubting of the Resurrection. “Unless I see the mark of the nails in his hands and put my finger into the nail marks and put my hand into his side, I will not believe.” He had to see it to believe it. He had to physically be there to accept it. But what was it that he was needing to accept? Of course, it was the victory of Christ over death. But that’s not all. Going deeper, we find that Thomas was struggling to accept his own forgiveness and redemption. He couldn’t do that until he was physically in the presence of Jesus placing his own hands in Jesus’ wounds. Jesus made Himself present for Thomas to physically receive His Savior, and all He was offering. And Jesus does the same for you. He makes Himself physically present in the Holy Eucharist. Are you coming to receive Him?
Beyond that, He makes Himself present in a special way through His priest in the Confessional, as the priest acts in persona Christi (in the person of Christ). Hence, the other important feature of this weekend’s passage—“Jesus said to them again, ‘Whose sins you forgive are forgiven them...’” He gave the Apostles, including “Doubting Thomas,” the authority to absolve sins in His person. But, again, we have to be physically present to receive that. Are you seeking this out and making yourself present to receive this merciful love?
Fr. Scott and Fr. Mark plan to trade months in offering a weekly reflection or catechesis in our future bulletins. Be sure to check out what they have to share!.
Spiritual Leader: Fr. Scott Thomas – Group Leader: Erica Unz, DHS
September 27 – October 6, 2021
*Optional Pre Tour to Jordan: September 24 – 28, 2021
Make your way through the Holy Land to experience Him, follow in His footsteps, and see Him in the works He performed - your footsteps will become His. Celebrate votive Masses in the very places where these miraculous gifts became pages in the Gospel. See where He was back then, and feel how He is still there today!
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