In Today’s Gospel when Jesus breathed on his Disciples and said, “receive the Holy Spirit”, there is a similarity to Genesis 2:7, where God breathed life giving breath into Adam. The same Holy Spirit is evident today as shown in relationships with each other through the sharing of Life and Love.
Why was Thomas out of the room when Jesus first appeared to his Disciples? Jesus had a message as to why Thomas wasn’t there when he first appeared when he said, “How happy are those who believe without seeing me,” John 29. Because we cannot see Jesus but still believe, is the power of faith given to us throughout our Christian upbringing, where throughout our lives when we doubt if we have done the right thing or we have made the right decision, only God knows how we feel and we must place our trust in Him.
The Commandment, to love one another as I have loved you, was truly shown by Jesus in his appearance to His Disciples and it is also relevant in our lives today as we go about building the Kingdom of God. By being a witness to the Gospel, allows us to be able to share our faith with others, thus fulfilling our Baptismal Promise. We are Easter People who believe in the Resurrection and the coming of Our Saviour, and this is a sobering thought. Always believe in the power of prayer, as this is a beautiful way to talk and get closer to God, which in turn gives you inner peace.
By upholding our faith and belief in our living God, we will all have the courage to promote the Kingdom of God in today’s world and uphold the Teachings of Jesus, whose words were Spirit and Truth. As Thomas said, “My Lord and my God”. Don’t be like Thomas and see to believe, but have faith in the risen Christ who is with us always.