April 11, 2021

2nd Sunday of Easter

The Acts describe the communion of Christians, founded on faith. Thomas also comes to believe when he’s back with his brothers.

Acts 2,42-47; Ps 117 (118); 1Pt 1.3-9; Jn 20: 19-31

The page of the Acts today highlights the community dimension of faith. It also emerges in the Gospel passage centered on Thomas, who from initial disbelief reaches the highest profession of faith in the fourth Gospel: “My Lord and my God”. On this journey Thomas must abandon his personal claim to open himself to the ecclesial dimension of belief. Initially he is absent when the Risen One comes to the community for the first time. He probably did not accept, unlike the others, the announcement of the Magdalene who gathered the disciples after their dispersion. He does not believe in Mary or even in her companions who repeatedly tell him (there is an imperfect!) Their encounter with the Risen One. Tommaso wants to verify personally. Jesus will show himself alive to him too, but when he is again together with his brothers. One can say “My Lord and my God”, in a personal and intimate faith, only when he is in the community, sustained by the faith of others. Jesus reminds Thomas of that beatitude of faith which does not expect signs to be seen, but which makes us feel that we are known and loved by the Lord, even in our unbelief. We too, as Saint Peter affirms, love him even without having seen him, because what we see are the signs of his love for us: the wounds that remain in his body glorified by him.

Commentary by Comunità di Dumenza

Translation by f. Mark Hargreaves, Prinknash Abbey

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