Acts of the Apostles 5:12-16
Revelation 1:9-11a, 12-13, 17-19
by Sister Maureen Niedermeyer, OSB
Today’s readings are full of events that followed the resurrection! We might wish that we had been living at that holy time, yet we also experience the power and glory of Jesus in our own lives today.
The first reading illustrates that the power of the resurrection working through ordinary people, like Peter, can bring about miracles! Do miracles happen today? Yes! A friendly smile, a gentle touch, a willingness to forgive has healed more than one broken spirit. You may also remember how the challenging words of a teacher or parent have brought change into your life. Yes, each of us can make a difference in our world.
In the reading from Revelation, John attempts to describe the extraordinary splendor he saw of the Risen Christ. He falls down and is afraid. Then he hears the words, “Do not be afraid.” Death has been overcome; Jesus is now alive forever.
We surely can cling to Jesus’ assurance of peace and help in our world so full of fearful events and wars. Each of us is also plagued with our own inner struggles. May we take heart when we recall Jesus’ comforting words, “Peace I leave with you, my friends.”
In John’s Gospel we see the Apostles hiding behind closed doors. They must have wondered if they would also be arrested. Suddenly Jesus appears and speaks words of comfort, that they needed to hear, “Peace be with you.” Since Thomas was not present for this event, he needed to be assured and he was. We can all identify with this doubting Thomas when our faith is tested. The Holy Spirit is present in our faith and the faith of our community is there to uphold us. What can you do to strengthen the faith of your family and loved ones?
From the Rule of St. Benedict
“If you desire true and eternal life, keep your tongue free from vicious talk and your lips from all deceit: turn away from evil and do good; let peace be your quest and aim.” Prologue vs. 17
“You believe in me, Thomas, because you have seen me, says the Lord; blessed are they who have not seen me, but still believe!” John 20:29