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Saturday, April 30, 2011

Preparing for the Sunday after Easter

I guess families with small children are still peeling colored hard-boiled eggs and eating chocolate bunnies. I am just beginning to get to today's Gospel when Jesus appears again to the Apostles but Thomas is now with them. Jesus always comes to bring peace and greets them with "Peace be with you." He calls Thomas to come and put his finger into the wounds of his hands and to put his hand into the wound in his side. Thomas only needs to see the risen Lord to exclaim, "My Lord and my God." Then Jesus says those words that are so consoling for us: "Blessed are those who have not seen and who believe..."

We are given the gift of faith in Baptism. Let us thank for this gift and trust God.

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