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Second Sunday of Easter

April 16, 2012

THE HEALING TOUCH

Jesus appears to them and says, “Peace be with you. (and then he showed them his wounds) Receive the Holy Spirit. Whose sins you forgive are forgiven them, and whose sins you retain are retained.”

We cannot know peace and forgiveness until we touch our own pain.

The person of Thomas has long been associated with those who do not believe, but I think he is actually much like all of us who struggle with forgiveness. In this way, Thomas asks the questions for us: What do we do when something to which we have committed ourselves is destroyed before our very eyes? What do we do when people disappoint us and fail us?

Thomas reminds us that we must first touch the wounds – first within ourselves and then within others and then, by the grace of the Holy Spirit – a strength we usually did not think we had – we let the pain out of the wound.

CLICK HERE for the Readings for the Second Sunday of Easter: (Acts 4:32-35; Psalm 118; 1 John 5:1-6; John 20:19-31)

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