St Vincent de Paul Society

Second Sunday of Easter

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Reflection 2
April 12, 2015

Text (Gospel Story) John 20:19-31

Thomas, called Didymus, one of the Twelve, was not with them when Jesus came. So the other disciples said to him, “We have seen the Lord.” But he said to them, “Unless I see the mark of the nails in his hands and put my finger into the nail marks and put my hand into his side, I will not believe.”  Now a week later his disciples were again inside and Thomas was with them. Jesus came, although the doors were locked, and stood in their midst and said, “Peace, be with you.” Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here and see my hands, and bring your hand and put it into my side, and do not be unbelieving, but believe.”  Thomas answered and said to him, “My Lord and my God.” Jesus said to him, “Have you come to believe
because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and have believed.”

Sharing the Mission

St Vincent de Paul was deeply devoted to the Providence of God. He recommends to us to accept all things: “When something unexpected happens to us in body or mind, good or bad, we are to accept it without fuss as from God’s loving hand.” If we could live that ideal of St Vincent de Paul, we would have great peace in our lives. In all circumstances, say “My Lord and My God.”

Discussion

Share a recent experience when you were moved from a visit that, to this day, remains an inspiration.

Action

Consider meditating on a Vincentian value this week.

Prayer

(Leader)    Risen Lord, your resurrection brought joy to all believers,
(Together) Give joy to those who live in sadness.
(Leader)    Risen Lord, your resurrection brought hope to all believers
(Together) Give hope to those who live in despair.
(Leader)    Risen Lord, your resurrection turned unbelief to belief,
(Together) Give faith to those who live in doubt.
(Leader)    Risen Lord, your resurrection gifted the fearful with peace,
(Together) Give peace to those who live in suffering.
(Together) Amen.