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John 20:19-31 - Sunday Scripture Reflection

Updated: Apr 21, 2023

On this Second Sunday of Easter we hear the story of the uncertainties of life following the day of Easter and the fears that the disciples felt without their rabbi, Jesus. We will reflect on the emotions that can easily take hold of our hearts and spirits in uncertain times, and how the "Peace of God" which is shared by Christ allows us to live with the peace and confidence of our Risen Lord.

Our Scripture passage is found in the Gospel according to John. You may find the Scripture lesson by selecting the following link: (John 20:19-31).

For continuing study, reflect on these questions (found in the study guide below):

  • Read the Scripture for the week (link above) and reflect if any specific words or phrases captured your attention.

  • Read the "WHAT..." paragraph in the guide below and reflect on the proclamation made by Thomas ("my Lord and my God) and how his statement is connected to the author of John's Gospel account's interest in connecting the beginning of the Gospel ("In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God...") to the beginning of Genesis ("In the beginning when God created the heavens and the earth..."). What does this connection say about Jesus Christ and his presence among the eternal cosmos of God?

  • Read the "WHERE..." paragraph below and reflect on the idea of believing in God while being given no tangible proof and your belief?

  • Read the "SO WHAT..." paragraph below and reflect on the author's statement that "Jesus empowers his disciples to speak words of forgiveness and of judgment?"

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