• Wartakanlah Injil kepada segala makhluk.
    Mrk 16:15

  • 你们往普天下去, 向一切受造物宣传福音
    谷 16:15

  • Everything is possible by the power of the Holy Spirit’s Grace.
    St Arnold Janssen

  • Segala sesuatu menjadi mungkin dalam kekuatan karunia Roh Kudus.
    St. Arnold Janssen

  • 我当传教士不是为主牺牲,而是上主给我的最大恩赐
    圣福若瑟神父

  • Với sức mạnh Ân Huệ của Chúa Thánh Thần, Mọi việc đều có thể được.
    St Arnoldus Janssen

  • Preach the Gospel to the whole creation./Anh em hãy đi khắp tứ phương thiên hạ, loan báo Tin Mừng cho mọi loài thọ tạo
    Mk 16:15

  • There are many different gifts, but it is always the same Spirit.
    1 Cor 12:4

  • And the Word became flesh and lived among us.
    Jn 1:14

  • Let the word of Christ, in all its richness, find a home with you.
    Col 3:16

  • To proclaim the Good News is the first and greatest act of love of neighbour.
    St Arnold Janssen

  • 传扬天国福音是第一且最大的爱近人行动
    圣杨生•爱诺德神父

  • Có nhiều đặc sủng khác nhau, nhưng chỉ có một Thần Khí/
    1 Cor. 14:4

  • 圣言成了血肉,寄居在我们中间
    若 1:14

  • Ada rupa-rupa karunia, tetapi Roh satu
    1 Kor 12:4

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Saturday, 07 April 2018 11:30

Second Sunday of Easter - 2018

Written by Fr Prakash Menezes SVD

Happy are those who have not seen and yet believe

Readings: Acts 4:32-35; 1 John 5:1-6; John 20:19-31

 

Fr Prakash Menezes SVD 150We are in the joyous season of Easter and today we are invited to share this joy with the Apostles of Jesus, especially Thomas, who struggled to believe that Jesus is alive. But when he encountered Jesus, he made a strong act of faith statement saying, “My Lord and my God”. It is the first time Jesus is referred to as ‘God’ and Thomas takes that privilege. Jesus responds by saying, “You believe because you can see me. Happy are those who have not seen and yet believe,” and that is us. We are the ones who have not seen Jesus face to face, as Thomas did, but we believe that He is alive. And it is a privilege that we share with the Apostles.

Today the Church celebrates the Divine Mercy Sunday. We celebrate Jesus as ‘Divine Mercy’, who pours His mercy upon us all the time. The several encounters Faustina Kowalska had with risen Jesus, resulted in the growth of the devotion to the Divine Mercy. The mercy Faustina experienced through Jesus, she shared with the world. Happy are we, who believe and strive to experience this mercy in our world today.

Doubting Thomas 450If we examine our lives, we can see that, we trust in the testimony of the people around us. When people are convinced of a belief, usually, we tend to agree with them. And it is a good thing. We should be able to appreciate and uphold the belief of other people. On the other hand, we also need to be careful not to blindly believe some things. Our belief needs to be genuine, and we should try to know more about it, which will help us to have an informed conscience. It does not mean we need to look for proof, rather, try to deepen our understanding by asking suitable questions which may enable us to explore more of our faith and appreciate its depth. Thomas, in today’s Gospel, does something similar. Though he sounds as if he is asking for proof, and in his case, he was lucky (!) for Jesus gave him the proof of the resurrection. But, if he had not asked the questions, if he had not sought out the deeper understanding of the resurrection, we wouldn’t have had the act of faith of Thomas. We wouldn’t have heard Jesus being called as ‘God’ in the whole Bible, and we wouldn’t have had Thomas give his life for the faith.

So dear friends, let us be joyful for the privilege of the faith we have received from our ancestors. Let us believe even though we cannot see what Thomas saw. Let us experience the mercy as Faustina experienced and share it with the world around us. May our belief in Jesus continue to help our faith to go deeper in knowledge of Him so that we too can say, “My Lord and my God.”