Sunday 23 April 2023

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3rd Sunday of Easter

Acts 2:14, 22-33. Lord, you will show us the path of life – Psalm 15(16):1-2, 5, 7-11. 1 Peter 1:17-21. Luke 24:13-35.

We had hoped that he was the one . . .

Thomas: It’s always hard to say, ‘I had hoped’, Jesus. But I can understand the disciples giving up hope when you were crucified. I often feel the same.

Jesus: I could understand them leaving town, too, Thomas. That’s why I went after them. But what makes you give up hope?

Thomas: Well, I’ve always believed you are with us in the Church. But bishops and priests have abused children and concealed their crimes. I look at that and despair. How can you be in such a Church?

Jesus: I am there crucified, Thomas, for these and all other sinners, and risen to show God’s love is stronger than any betrayal. The Church is a place of forgiveness, of hope overcoming despair.

Thomas: Is that why the two disciples returned to their friends in Jerusalem after recognising you?

Jesus: Yes, Thomas, that was a reunion of sinners, wasn’t it, but sinners overjoyed they were forgiven. Don’t you feel that sometimes in the Church?

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