Welcoming the Holy

Here we invite you to take time for yourself in personal prayer. The following spiritual reflection offers words and images which we hope will evoke for you an experience of God. 


 

Be still and know that I am God. Psalm 46
 

Opening Prayer

Have mercy upon me, O God, according to Your Loving Kindness; according to the multitude of your tender mercies. Blot out my transgressions. Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin. AMEN. (Psalm51)

 

Reading

On the evening of thefirst day of the week, when the doors were locked, where the disciples were for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood in their midst and said to them, “Peace be with you.”When he had said this, he showed them his hands and his side. The disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord.Jesus said again, “Peace be with you.”As the father sent me, so I send you.”When he had said this. he breathed on them and said to them, ”Receive the Holy Spirit. whose sins you forgive they are forgiven them, and whose sins you retain are retained. Thomas, one of the twelve. was not there when Jesus came.so the other disciples said to him, “We have seen the Lord.”But he said to them,“Unless I see the mark of the nails in his hands and put my finger into the nailmarks and put my hand into his side, I will not believe.” Now a week later his disciples were again inside and Thomas was with them. Jesuscame, although the doors were locked, 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 into my side, and do not be unbelieving, but believe.”Thomas answered and said to him, ”My Lord and my God!” Jesus said to him,” Have you come to believe because you have seen me?Blessed are those who have not seen and have believed.”

     

Reflection

How do you move from disbelief to being a believer?How would you share your belief with others in a convincing way? Thomas’ “profession of faith” was simply stated: “My Lord and my God.”Write a profession of faith for the situation you reflected on as Thomas did.

 

Closing Prayer

God of mercy and forgiveness, kindle deepening faith in us through your grace.so that we, like Thomas, may grasp our rebirth through the Holy Spirit. Amen.