Caravaggio – “The Incredulity of Saint Thomas”
1601-02 – Oil on canvas, 107 x 146 cm
Schloss Sanssouci, Potsdam
Sunday, April 7, 2012
It is the first day of the week, the first day of a new creation. In Genesis 2:7, God creates Adam by forming a clay nose out of the earth, blowing God’s very own breath into it. Jesus breathes into the moist, pliable clay of the Apostles and makes them a new creation through the presence of the Holy Spirit.
The resurrection not only involves the risen body of Jesus of Nazareth, but our own bodies as well. The resurrection envelops us through the gift of the Holy Spirit. By the in-breathing of Jesus, we can cry out with St. Paul: “It is no longer I who live, but it is Christ who lives in me” (Gal 2:20).
Thomas was absent when the risen Christ first appeared. Thomas receives a second chance a week later to witness the resurrection. However, do not be like him, presuming that you will have a second chance next week to worship, if you let this Sunday go by.
Though doors locked: Peace be with you. v. 9
Receive the Holy Spirit. v. 22
Jesus: my Lord and my God v. 28
Not seeing, yet believing v. 29
For more about this way to pray see “Daily Bible Breaths” in the menu above.
This is the Second Week in Easter, Year C.
See “Solar and Sacred Seasons” in the menu above.
Sundays are dedicated to the Gospels from
The Revised Common Lectionary.
Year C is dedicated to the Gospel of Luke, with focus on the Gospel of John in the later weeks of Lent and during the Easter Season.
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