"Eight days later, Jesus came."
The Word This Week
This week the Gospel is chosen because it relates “what happened today” – eight days after Easter, Jesus comes again to his disciples. The story of Thomas’s doubt and faith leads us to think about our doubts and faith – but always in the context of being part of the family of the Church. Remember last week, and the baptisms you may have witnessed, or the renewal of your own baptismal promises: “this is the faith of the Church, the faith in which we are baptised.”
Notes for Readers
Throughout Easter we read the Acts of the Apostles on both Sundays and weekdays. The earlier passages of Acts describe events in
This is a simple narrative, but be careful not to miss some key phrases: the first two words, “The faithful…” are necessary to understand what follows – make sure everyone has settled before you begin. A tone of amazement would work well for the sentence beginning “So many signs and wonders…” Make sure that the last phrase, “…and all of them were cured,” is delivered with clarity and decisiveness.
“Apocalypse” or “Revelations” is not the easiest book in the Bible! We read it every Sunday of Easter this year, starting today. Written by
Preserving the sense of Easter for the fifty days of the Easter Season can be challenging. This year there is a strong “theme” which flows from the scriptures – the Church, born in the death and resurrection of Christ. If we consider this as our Easter theme, then we will find our journey smoothed all the way to Pentecost!