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.
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?