Doubting Thomas, caterpillars and butterflies?

Light a Candle to begin your prayer:

Almighty God open my mind and heart to your word as I read of your gift of the Resurrection.  Amen

Read John chapter 20 verses 24-31

 But Thomas (who was called the Twin), one of the twelve, was not with them when Jesus came.  So the other disciples told him, “We have seen the Lord.” But he said to them, “Unless I see the mark of the nails in his hands, and put my finger in the mark of the nails and my hand in his side, I will not believe.”

 A week later his disciples were again in the house, and Thomas was with them. Although the doors were shut, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you.”  Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here and see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it in my side. Do not doubt but believe.”  Thomas answered him, “My Lord and my God!”  Jesus said to him, “Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have come to believe.”

 Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of his disciples, which are not written in this book.  But these are written so that you may come to believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that through believing you may have life in his name.

 

Reflection on Bible Reading:

Doubting Thomas, notice how Jesus treats Thomas, is he angry or annoyed? Also, see that Thomas was absent during the earlier appearance. If we don’t meet with the disciples, i.e. go to church then the chance of us recognising Jesus are less. Also, Jesus has a body, he is not a Ghost, he has wounds. After the resurrection Jesus is human and God all at the same time. But, Jesus’ body is different from before. Think of a butterfly, before the resurrection Jesus is like a caterpillar and after like a butterfly. This is the same animal but also different. After our resurrection we will be like Jesus sons of God.

 

Pray this prayer aloud:

Lord Jesus

in your resurrection death is defeated

and everything is made new

Enable us to recognise you today

To build heaven on earth.

Amen

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