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Devotional thoughts for New Sunday _ Sunday of the Youth. 23 rd April 06

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  • Jose Kurian Puliyeril
    Reading: From the Gospel of St. John 20: 19-31. Dear and Respected Brethren, The main theme of today�����s reading is the audience granted to the blessed
    Message 1 of 1 , Apr 22, 2006
      Reading: From the Gospel of St. John 20: 19-31.

      Dear and Respected Brethren,

      The main theme of today�s reading is the audience granted to the blessed
      Apostles by our Lord and Savior for the first time after our Lord�s blessed
      resurrection. By doing so our Lord has strengthened them by granting hope,
      faith and converted them for the fieldwork of the Kingdom of God. The 19th
      verse of today�s reading reminds that the incident, which we read in this
      Biblical portion, happened on the first day of the week. The Apostles were
      much frightened about the Jews and they were remaining inside the closed
      doors of a room. They were not sure what to do next or how to escape from
      the cruel Jews. Our Lord entered the room, without opening the door and
      stood in the midst of the Apostles. He greeted them �Peace be unto you�.
      When our Lord showed His arms with the holes of the nails, they got much
      comfort, peace and braveness. They were totally free from all sorts of
      tensions and worries. We read in St. John 16:20 about the joy of the
      Apostles after the Lord�s resurrection. We could see the same sort of joy
      experienced by the blessed Apostles, when they realized our Lord�s active
      presence in person. In the 21st verse we read about our Lord, who entrusts
      his disciples to continue his blessed mission of salvation in every nook and
      corner of the world. Before entrusting the task, our Lord wishes them
      �Peace�. Our Lord was reminding them not to worry if they might face some or
      other disturbances, troubles or problems on their way to carry out the task
      of salvation in the different parts of the Universe. We read a prophecy
      about the mission work in Isaiah 61:1. Kindly read and meditate St. Matthew
      28: 18-20, 2 Timothy 2:2 and Hebrews 3:1.

      Again we read about granting the right to forgive the sins of the mankind.
      So also our Lord consecrates them with H. Spirit. In the following verses we
      read about the absence of St. Thomas on the spot when our Lord had reached
      there. He gets the information about the visit of our Lord and the connected
      incidents from his own colleagues. St. Thomas says clearly how he would
      believe in the risen Lord. On this basis St. Thomas is considered by many as
      doubting Thomas. When we would meditate this portion of the Holy Bible with
      more care and attention, we would come to the conclusion that St. Thomas was
      not at all a doubting person. It is a truth that our Patron Saint wanted
      some concrete proof. In the next week our Lord appeared to the Apostles when
      St. Thomas was also with others. See what happened then and there. Verse 26
      says that our Lord uttered and wished �Peace� to all and called Thomas to
      him and asked him to reach his finger and behold his hands and also to
      thrust the hand of the Saint into the wound on the side of our Lord. Even
      though it is not mentioned that St. Thomas had put his fingers/hand in to
      the wounds of our Lord, St. John in his first epistle (1 St. John 1:1)
      claims that the Apostles had touched the wounds of our Lord. There is no
      reason to think that St. Thomas did not obey his Lord and Master. The
      tradition says that when the other Apostles noticed the blood of our Lord on
      the hand of St. Thomas, they all rushed to St. Thomas and kissed his hand.
      And this incident is the beginning of our kissing the hand of the celebrant
      (Priest/Bishop) after the Holy Sacrament of Eucharist. (As they too touch
      the body and blood of our Lord) St. Thomas uttered his faith in the savior
      and said in loud voice �My Lord and My God�. The Holy Church insists all the
      faithful to say this faith at least once in a day, preferably in the morning
      when we would see our Lord face to face.

      Let us also look at our Lord and say bravely and with faith �My Lord and My
      God�. Mat God bless us all.

      Jose Kurian Puliyeril
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