• Wartakanlah Injil kepada segala makhluk.
    Mrk 16:15

  • 你们往普天下去, 向一切受造物宣传福音
    谷 16:15

  • Everything is possible by the power of the Holy Spirit’s Grace.
    St Arnold Janssen

  • Segala sesuatu menjadi mungkin dalam kekuatan karunia Roh Kudus.
    St. Arnold Janssen

  • 我当传教士不是为主牺牲,而是上主给我的最大恩赐
    圣福若瑟神父

  • Với sức mạnh Ân Huệ của Chúa Thánh Thần, Mọi việc đều có thể được.
    St Arnoldus Janssen

  • Preach the Gospel to the whole creation./Anh em hãy đi khắp tứ phương thiên hạ, loan báo Tin Mừng cho mọi loài thọ tạo
    Mk 16:15

  • There are many different gifts, but it is always the same Spirit.
    1 Cor 12:4

  • And the Word became flesh and lived among us.
    Jn 1:14

  • Let the word of Christ, in all its richness, find a home with you.
    Col 3:16

  • To proclaim the Good News is the first and greatest act of love of neighbour.
    St Arnold Janssen

  • 传扬天国福音是第一且最大的爱近人行动
    圣杨生•爱诺德神父

  • Có nhiều đặc sủng khác nhau, nhưng chỉ có một Thần Khí/
    1 Cor. 14:4

  • 圣言成了血肉,寄居在我们中间
    若 1:14

  • Ada rupa-rupa karunia, tetapi Roh satu
    1 Kor 12:4

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Saturday, 10 April 2021 18:24

Second Sunday of Easter - 2021

Written by Fr Prakash Menezes SVD

 

Second Sunday of Easter

 

Year B

 

Readings: Acts 4:32-35; 1 John 5:1-6; John 20:19-31

 

My Lord and my God

Fr Prakash Menezes SVD 150Thomas’s exclamation, after seeing the risen Jesus face to face, dissolves his doubt and fills him with such faith that it transforms his whole life. He is so overwhelmed with this experience that he calls Jesus God. This is the first time Jesus is referred to as God in the Gospels! And it comes from the lips of Thomas!

Historically, Thomas has always been referred as ‘doubting’. He has this very inquisitive mind that he can’t take things just with the face value. He has to clarify things before he can fully endorse or believe(!). One of the examples, other than the one we hear in the Gospel today is, where Thomas asks Jesus, “Lord we do not know where you are going, how can we know the way?” (John 14:5) and Jesus gives a profound answer, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me” (John 14:6). Thomas wants to clear things and ask questions! And his questions have Jesus giving profound answers and signs as we witness in today’s Gospel. If Thomas hadn’t asked to see the wounds of Jesus, this encounter wouldn’t have taken place, not that Jesus needs to prove a point, but to encourage faith.

I am impressed by Thomas’s ability to take courage and ask questions. Yes, it is easy to dismiss and say, ‘you are doubting.’ Jesus even chastises him saying, ‘doubt no longer, but believe.’ Yes, we do need to believe when things are not hundred percent clear, or we do not understand everything. But asking questions to deepen our faith is very important. We need to work towards understanding our faith and one way of doing that is asking questions. Just blind belief is not helpful when we want to know the Risen Christ.

How much time do I spend to learn about my faith? How often do I read the Bible? Do I ask questions to learn more about things I don’t understand? Yes, I need to be humble enough to accept that everything will not be answered, everything is not clear, and everything is not yet revealed. Yet, deepening my faith needs a better understanding and I need the ability to ask right questions. Let us be like Thomas who dared to ask, and Jesus did not disappoint him.