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?”

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