April 27, 2014
Text (Gospel Story) John 20:19-31
On the evening of that first day of the week, when the doors were locked, where the disciples were, for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood in their midst and said to them, “Peace be with you.” When he had said this, he showed them his hands and his side. The disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord. Jesus said to them again,
“Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you.” And when he said this, he breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit.” A week later…Jesus 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
Blessed Frederic Ozanam said “… the poor we see with the eyes of flesh….. You are our masters, and we will be your servants. You are for us the sacred images of that God whom we do not see, and not knowing how to love Him otherwise shall we not love Him in your person?”
(Together) O Lord, give us the grace to feed the hungry, give drink to the thirsty, clothe the naked, visit those in prison, shelter the homeless and visit the sick.
Like Blessed Frederic Ozanam, how do your eyes of faith see the Risen Jesus in those you serve?
In marking Blessed Frederic Ozanam’s birthday, consider including the Vincentian Family Prayer in your prayers this week.