Monday, April 13, 2009
The Incredulity of Thomas: Eugene Girardet
The liturgical weight and solemnity of Holy Week is behind us but every Sunday is a "little Easter" and so it's time to begin reading, studying and pondering the scriptures for the Second Sunday of Easter, also known as Divine Mercy Sunday.
The scriptures for Sunday and background material on them can be found here and hints for helping children prepare this coming weekend's Word can be found here.
The first reading from the Acts of the Apostles gives us a snapshot view of the early Christian community and sets the bar high for those of us who would take it as our model.
In the Easter season, all three readings on Sunday are taken from the Christian scriptures, the only season in the Church year when the Hebrew scriptures are not part of our spiritual nourishment. I hope that some future revision of the lectionary might rethink this practice. So, we will hear from the First Letter of John and the question of who is begotten of God. The gospel is the witness of John and tell story of Thomas, the doubter. Embedded in this story is the Lord's word,"Whose sins you forgive are forgiven them, and whose sins you retain are retained," which is important for our understanding of the sacramental forgiveness of sin.
Posted by Austin Fleming at 6:54 PM