Second Sunday of Easter

Second Sunday of Easter

My Lord and my God!

The focus of the readings this Sunday is the group of believers. Acts of the Apostles describes what the early community is like, while the Gospel sees the transformation in the believers from Easter Sunday to eight days later. The Apostle Thomas becomes our example of faith.

Easter is all about transformation, from darkness to light, fear to faith, death to life. This week as we reflect on the faith bond that joins us to the community of believers, perhaps the Lord is asking us to be more aware of the part we can play in the community, and the part the community of faith plays in our spirituality.

As you begin these reflections each day spend a few moments repeating the phrase “Speak Lord, your servant it listening.” Then read the short passage from Sunday’s readings until you have memorised it. Read the questions and give yourself time to deeply consider your response. Once you have reflected for a few minutes, speak to the Lord, as you would to a friend, about what you have reflected upon.

Sunday.

The whole group of believers was united, heart and soul; no one claimed for his own use anything that he had, as everything they owned was held in common.(Acts 4:32)

  • When have you experienced being united ‘heart and soul’ to a group?
  • Remember times when the church felt like that kind of community.
  • How does the primitive communism they lived challenge you?
  • Listen to the Lord who unites himself to you.

Monday.

The Apostles continued to testify to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, with great power, and they were all given great respect. (Acts 4:33)

  • Powerful testimony transforms lives, what is your testimony that Jesus is alive?
  • Have you ever been transformed by a powerful testimony?
  • What place does respect have today in your life, and in the world?
  • What is the Lord Jesus saying to you now?

Tuesday.

 Give thanks to the Lord for he is good, for his love has no end. (Psalm 117:1)

  • Make a list of all the goodness you have experienced from the Lord.
  • Give thanks for all that goodness.
  • Remind yourself that God never gives up on us.
  • What good is the Lord doing for you today?

Wednesday.

We can be sure we are God’s children if we love God himself and do what he has commanded us; this is what loving God is – keeping his commandments; and his commandments are not difficult. (1 John 5:2-3)

  • How does keeping the commandments express your love for God?
  • Are there any commandments that you do find difficult?
  • Are there some of God’s children that you find difficult to love?
  • What is God commanding you to do today?

Thursday.

Jesus came in and stood among them. He said to them, ‘Peace be with you,’ and showed them his hands and his side. The disciples were filled with joy when they saw the Lord, and he said to them again, ‘Peace be with you. As the Father sent me, so am I sending you.’ (John 20:19-21)

  • Remember times when you were filled with joy.
  • When have you felt ‘sent’ by the Lord?
  • Who could you say ‘Peace be with you’ to?
  • Listen to the Lord as he speaks of his peace to you.

Friday

He breathed on them and said, ‘Receive the Holy Spirit. For those whose sins you forgive, they are forgiven; for those whose sins you retrain, they are retained. (John 20:22-23)

  • Remember times when you have felt forgiven.
  • Do you ever retain someone’s sins rather than forgiving them?
  • Has anyone ever done that to you? What did it feel like?
  • Allow the Lord to breath the Holy Spirit on you.

Saturday

Then he spoke to Thomas, ‘Put your finger here, look here are my hands. Give me your hand, put it in my side. Doubt no longer but believe’. Thomas replied, ‘My Lord and my God.’ Jesus said to him: ‘You believe because you can see me. Happy are those who have not seen and yet believe’. (John 20: 27-29)

  • What are the things you doubt?
  • What would it take for you leave them aside and believe?
  • Spend a few moments repeating the line, ‘My Lord and my God.’
  • What is the Lord showing you just now?
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