From the Deacon’s Desk 04/11/2021

Dear Friends:

Today we hear from the Gospel of John 20:19-31. It’s the famous story of Jesus appearing to his disciples the night of Easter Sunday. Jesus  offers his disciples peace and sends them on their way to spread the Gospel by empowering them with the gift of the Holy Spirit.

Poor Thomas, who was called Didymus, wasn’t there when Jesus came. He has a hard time believing that  Jesus is back and explains “I will not believe unless I can touch his wounds.” A week later Jesus is back and that’s exactly what he challenges Thomas to do. But Thomas sees that it is really Jesus and he says to him “My Lord and my God!” Jesus admonishes him by saying “Have you come to believe because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and have believed.”

I think we can all agree that sometimes it’s hard for us to profess our faith. Sometimes it seems that we are floundering around in this world that cares only for itself. It’s hard for us when we are in pain or suffering to see the message Jesus brings to us. Have faith my brothers and sisters; know for a fact that Jesus is with you in whatever you endeavor to do. Do not be afraid because there is nothing to be afraid of!

Peace and All Good!

Deacon Jim