Sunday, April 24, 2022

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John 20:19-31 read by Mark Beingessner

Second Week of Easter, Sunday, April 24, 2022

John 20:19-31
When it was evening on the first day of the week, Jesus’ followers were together. The doors were locked, because they were afraid of the elders. Then Jesus came and stood right in the middle of them and said, “Peace be with you.” After he said this, he showed them his hands and his side. His followers were thrilled when they saw the Lord.

Then Jesus said again, “Peace be with you. As the Father sent me, I now send you.” After he said this, he breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive anyone his sins, they are forgiven. If you don’t forgive them, they are not forgiven.”

Thomas (called Didymus), who was one of the twelve, was not with them when Jesus came. The other followers kept telling Thomas, “We saw the Lord.”

But Thomas said, “I will not believe it until I see the nail marks in his hands and put my finger where the nails were and put my hand into his side.”

A week later the followers were in the house again, and Thomas was with them. The doors were locked, but Jesus came in and stood right in the middle of them. He said, “Peace be with you.” Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here, and look at my hands. Put your hand here in my side. Stop being an unbeliever and believe.”

Thomas said to [Jesus], “My Lord and my God!”

Then Jesus told him, “You believe because you see me. Those who believe without seeing me will be truly blessed.”

Jesus did many other miracles in the presence of his followers that are not written in this book. But these are written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God. Then, by believing, you may have life through his name.
(New Century Version (NCV))

Loving Divine Family,

You meet us in your sacred prayer space, greeting us with your peace. No longer do we fear for our lives when we are in your presence, O LORD. We believe and have come to know that you are the Holy One of God. You remain in our midst, responding to our doubts one-by-one and assuring us of your perfect love.

Thank you, Divine Family, for meeting us individually where we are so we can hear you and know you. With grateful hearts we receive your peace, presence, and Spirit. Thank you for your love story for us that is passed down both orally and written.

I participate in your mystery and miracles today, LORD Jesus, and thank you for…

Your miracles are constantly upon us; they are so numerous we cannot keep track of them. We feel the wondrous love in your mysteries and feel compelled to tell the stories in your presence and to those around us. Open our eyes to see, our lips to speak and our ears to hear.

With joy we praise you!

Amen!

Cherie and Donovan Mutschler

Other Lectionary Readings for Today:
Psalm 118:14-29
Psalm 150:1-6
Acts 5:27-32
Revelation 1:4-8

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