believe! 7 & 8



“Just show me a sign and I will believe…”

Have you ever heard those words? Have you ever uttered those words?

The God of peace and all goodness is EVERYWHERE! Humbly ask Him to reveal Himself to you in new and wonderful ways. (I did just the other day and look what I saw as I looked up to the sky! Yep...GOD! I call these “God winks!” Who says He does not have a sense of humor?)

God is more real than our present reality. He longs for us to know Him. Pray and see. Ask, by His grace, that He quicken in you an awareness of His presence, seen and unseen in big and small ways. Read His Word and ask Him to speak to you through it each day* and to tenderly weave His whisper throughout your daily tasks. He is not only the Lord of the Universe, He wants you to know Him personally as you are personally known.

If you have never done this before, open your heart now to Him and ask Him to fill and to speak to you and...

Believe!

“‘...do not be unbelieving, but believe'…Blessed are those who do not see and yet believe." (John 20: 24-29).

Walk with Him now on the Via Lucis:

SEVENTH STATION

The Risen Lord Breathes Peace and Gives the Power to Forgive

All: We adore You, O Christ and we praise You!

Because by the Wood of the Cross and the Light of the Resurrection,

You have redeemed the world!

Reading: Jesus came and stood in their midst and said to them, 'Peace be with you'... The disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord. Jesus said to them again, 'Peace be with you. As the Father has sent Me, so I send you.' And when He had said this, He breathed on them and said to them, 'Receive the Holy Spirit. Whose sins you forgive are forgiven them, and whose sins you retain are retained'" (John 20: 19b, 20b-23).

Reflection: Even though the doors of the Upper Room were bolted shut, the Risen Lord pierced through all fear and united the hearts of the disciples with the gift of peace. Deep inner peace is the root and source of the peace and joy that the world cannot give. The Risen Lord calls us to seek peace always through a non-violent commitment to conflict resolution and thus transform the world, relationship by relationship.

Prayer: God of perfect peace, violence and cruelty can have no part of You. May those who are at peace with one another hold fast to the good will that unites them; may those who are enemies forget their hatred and be healed. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

All: Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia.

No longer Thomas then denied, He saw the feet, the hands, the side;

You are my Lord and God, he cried, Alleluia!

EIGHTH STATION

The Risen Lord Strengthens the Faith of Thomas

All: We adore You, O Christ and we praise You!

Because by the Wood of the Cross and the Light of the Resurrection,

You have redeemed the world!

Reading: "Thomas…was not with them when Jesus came.... Thomas said, 'Unless I see the mark of the nails in His hands and put my finger into the nail marks and put my hand into His side, I will not believe'...Jesus came...and stood in their midst and said, 'Peace be with you.' Then He said to Thomas, 'Put your finger here and see My hands, and bring your hand and put it into My side, and do not be unbelieving, but believe'…Blessed are those who do not see and yet believe." (John 20: 24-29).

Reflection: The story of Thomas is important because it is through Thomas' example that we realize that doubt can be a part of faith. Too easily we call him "Doubting Thomas," and forgetting that after examining the nail marks, he fully embraced the Risen One as his Lord and Savior. Thomas' doubt was transformed into a lively faith. We too, are called to believe, knowing full well that our faith may be tested by doubt and fear. As disciples who desire an ever-deeper faith, we are patient and understanding with those who are struggling, searching and seeking like Thomas.

Prayer: Heavenly Father and God of mercy, we no longer look for Jesus among the dead, for He is alive and has become the Lord of life. From the waters of death You raise us up with Him and renew Your gift of life within us. Increase in our minds and hearts the risen life we share with Christ and help us to grow as Your people toward the fullness of eternal life with You. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

All: Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia. How blest are they who have not seen,

And yet whose faith has constant been, For they eternal life shall win. Alleluia!

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