The Incredulity of Saint Thomas by Caravaggio

Second Sunday of Easter, Year B, 4/12/15: Monday: Prayer

John 20: 19–31

My first step on Monday is to pray through the text, typing it out phrase by phrase and sentence by sentence, reflecting and contemplating and meditating, noting words and phrases that seem to stand out because they are pregnant with meaning, they trigger thoughts or feelings for me, or call for more study. I have put those words and phrases in bold and made some brief comments about some of them that I want to reflect on during the rest of the week. Don’t miss the comments by clicking on the “speech bubbles” to the right.

When it was evening on that day, the first day of the week,

and the doors of the house where the disciples had met were locked for fear of the Jews,

Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you.”

After he said this, he showed them his hands and his side.

Then the disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord.

Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you.”

“As the Father has sent me, so I send you.”

When he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them,

“Receive the Holy Spirit.”

“If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them;

if you retain the sins of any, they are retained.”

But Thomas (who was called the Twin), one of the twelve, was not with them when Jesus came.

So the other disciples told him, “We have seen the Lord.”

But he said to them, “Unless I see the mark of the nails in his hands, and put my finger in the mark of the nails and my hand in his side, I will not believe.”

A week later his disciples were again in the house, and Thomas was with them.

Although the doors were shut, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you.”

Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here and see my hands.

Reach out your hand and put it in my side.

Do not doubt but believe.”

Thomas answered him, “My Lord and my God!”

Jesus said to him, “Have you believed because you have seen me?”

“Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have come to believe.”

Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of his disciples, which are not written in this book.

But these are written so that you may come to believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that through believing you may have life in his name.

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