What are you being asked to do?

By Sister Catherine Cleary, OSB

While Sunday’s gospel (John 20: 19-29) is often known as the “Doubting Thomas” gospel, John, it seems to me, places emphasis on the words, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you. … He breathed on them and said, Receive the Holy Spirit.”

These words remind us of God creating the world and our first parents: “He gave them the breath of life and so they became living beings.” (Genesis 2:7).

John has Jesus Christ bringing the apostles the Holy Spirit and sending them forth, just as God sent Jesus forth.

We likewise we are to receive the Holy Spirit; we are to go forth into the world. We are to be other Christs: to feed the hungry, to cloth the naked, to bring peace where there is hatred.

Reflection:

1) Reread the Gospel, feel the energy in Christ’s words to the Apostles, “Receive the Holy Spirit. As the Father has sent me, so I send you.”

2) To whom might the Spirit be sending you: to an enemy? a friend? one in need?

3) Reread the Creation story of Genesis 2, then reread this Gospel. What are you being asked to do?

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