First reading: Acts 2:42-47
Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 117
Second Reading: 1 Peter 1:3-9
Gospel: John 20:19-31
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With quiet confidence I deliberately place myself before my loving and merciful God.
May I be attentive to the Spirit praying within me; to be more aware in my daily life of his renewing presence and power.
I ask the Spirit to show me where in my life I need an awareness and gratitude of all that God gives me each day.
I invite the Spirit to help me pray for that inner freedom which will urge me to say (with St Thomas) ‘You truly are my Lord and my God – I want and I choose whatever will allow you to deepen your life in me.’
I speak to the Lord from my heart as Thomas did.
1 Peter 1:3-9
I take time to come to quiet. I place God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, at the centre of my ponderings and yearnings. I read, slowly, this great letter of encouragement. What words or phrases strike me particularly? I might like to focus on God’s mercy towards me.
Can I ever become truly aware that I can neither earn nor be deserving of such loving generosity? There may have been times when my faith has faced trials and has been tested. Perhaps, on occasions, it has been found wanting. Maybe I have felt afraid of the demands such belief might make of me? Do I worry what others might think of me? I talk to the Lord freely about these things.
I might like to end this period of prayer by asking for the grace to focus more on the strength of God’s faith in me rather than on the weakness of my faith in God.
‘Unless I can see...I refuse to believe’. This is understandable, but it often comes locked in the fear of what will follow if do I believe. I read this scene as if for the first time. I let Jesus stand before me (wherever I am now). I hear him say to me: ‘Peace be with you...Put your finger here…doubt no longer…but believe.’ How do I reply? I try to place all my trust and hope in Jesus.
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