Monday, July 3, 2017

Ephesians 2:19-22, Psalm 117:1-2, John 20:24-29


You believe in me, Thomas, because you have seen me, says the Lord;
blessed are those who have not seen, but still believe! Jn 20:29

Ephesians 2:19-22, Psalm 117:1-2, John 20:24-29

Ephesians 2:19-22

Dear Love,

What we will be once the Kingdom of heaven has been established we do not know for our mortal beings cannot truly comprehend what God has prepared for us in the eternal. But this we are assured that we a brothers and sisters. We are a family. We are members of the household of God because in baptism we are grafted to You. As the cornerstone of the foundation we are all being built int a sacred temple and in this temple the Spirit of God resides with You as the Head. Together, we are a living, breathing, worshiping, exultant people who are one in You and by the power of the Spirit we are made one in the Father through You. 

Psalm 117:1-2

Dear Love,

How can we not but be a people on fire with the love of God for all that He has done for us through You. We are given a mission, just like the Apostles, to go out into the world and tell everyone how we have been saved by You and how because of You we shall not perish but have eternal life.

Thank You Beloved for Your love and Your steadfast kindness to me. Thank You for Your love that never fails. Thank You for Your faithfulness that endures forever.

John 20:24-29

Dear Love,

The Apostles were privileged to know You personally and yet when the time came they all fled forgetting all that You had foretold about rising again on the third day. Fear had them trapped behind closed doors but in Your risen Body You are now able to walk freely through all barriers. You came to the disciples and after a moment of hesitation they believed it was truly You. Thomas who was not present at the time refused to take their word that You had risen from the dead and said he needed to actually touch the wounds physically in order to believe. 

Once again, while Thomas was with them You entered the room through the closed door and invited Thomas to touch each of Your wound and to doubt no more but believe. In an instant he as prostrate before You as he cried out, "My Lord and my God!"  You then said to him and through the preaching of the Gospels we know that this was said to us as well, "Blessed are those who have not seen and have believed."

Thank You for the privilege of being numbered among those who have not seen yet believe through the testimony, the witness, the  preaching and teaching of the Apostles, the disciples, all the holy martyrs, the Church, and all who have played a part in making the Good News of our salvation known to us. Thank You for You assurance that we are blessed.

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