Seeing is Believing

by Sr. Juliemarie McDonald, SND on 04/12/2012

in Easter

The community of believers was of one heart and mind… (Acts 4:32a)

 A Prayer Poem by Sr. Juliemarie McDonald, SND for the
Second Sunday of Easter, Cycle B
April 15, 2012

Before “the stone which the builders rejected (became) the cornerstone…” (Ps 118:22)
Before the crisis of the cross, the followers of the Way
were a community of believers.

After Jesus was crucified
-faith was shaky,
-truth was confusing,
-believers became unbelievers.

Huddled and hiding in the upper room,
staunch, but fearful believers gathered
-for support,
-for solace.

Two disciples were missing,
-Judas the traitor and
-Thomas the doubter.

One had despaired,
One was on temporary leave of absence
sorting out realities.

“Jesus came and stood in their midst…Peace be with you.” (John 20:20b)
“Receive the Holy Spirit.” (John 20:21a)

Thomas was present at the second apparition.
Perhaps Thomas foreshadows our scientific and technological ages.
“Seeing is Believing.”
Thomas tested the truth.

Interestingly, Jesus pays today’s people of the Way
with a surprising compliment.
“Blessed are those who have not seen and
have believed.” (John 20:29b)

For Reflection and Sharing:

  1. What are the before and after times you experienced in your faith journey?
  2. What is included in the phrase “to be a community of one heart and mind?”

{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

Anitra April 13, 2012 at 4:54 pm

Dear Juliemarie;
I do enjoy your poems and the insights they give for me to ponder. The insight in the last verse of this poem is slowly unfolding in my heart! Happy Easter! Love and prayers Anitra


ann mclaughlin April 14, 2012 at 10:25 am

Dear Juliemarie,
Thanks for keeping me(us) in the Easter mood! Love your poems!
Peace to you in the Lord, Ann McLaughlin


Sr Juliemarie McDonald April 14, 2012 at 10:48 am

Ann, we are an Easter people. I know I forget about that as the Easter season wans. Let’s prayer for one another that being an Easter people is an everyday event. He is risen!


Sr Juliemarie McDonald April 14, 2012 at 10:51 am

Anitra, that’s a hazard of our scientific age. Praise God for faith and hope, where we can believe in the things we hope for as we journey to eternal life.


Gia April 16, 2012 at 9:23 am

Dear Juliemarie,
Thank you for sharing your poem!! It helps me to put things into perspective!! PTL for the gift of inspiration!!


Juliemarie McDonald April 16, 2012 at 10:44 am

Discernment is difficult in our day and age. Pray to the doubting Thomas.


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