Journey into Freedom Day 51

Jesus showing his wounds to Thomas.

Preparation: Begin by stilling, then dedicating the time of prayer to God and asking God that all you think, feel and imagine are for the glory of God.

Gift: I ask for a sharing in the joy of Christ and his followers in the new life of Christ a victory over sin and death.

Setting: Imagine you are one of the disciples, perhaps Thomas, the Apostle of the East, as he makes the great statement of belief, ‘My Lord and my God’.

John 20:24-29 HCSB

One of the Twelve, Thomas, called “Twin”, was not with the disciples when Jesus came. So the other disciples kept telling him, “We have seen the Lord!”

But he said to them, “If I don’t see the mark of the nails in His hands, put my finger into the mark of the nails, and put my hand into His side, I will never believe!”

After eight days His disciples were indoors again, and Thomas was with them. Even though the doors were locked, Jesus came and stood among them. He said, “Peace to you!”

Then He said to Thomas, “Put your finger here and observe My hands. Reach out your hand and put it into My side. Don’t be an unbeliever, but a believer.”

Thomas responded to Him, “My Lord and my God!”

Jesus said, “Because you have seen Me, you have believed. Those who believe without seeing are blessed.”

Jesus showing his wounds to Thomas.

Conversation: Talk to Jesus in your own words about what has occurred to you in this period of prayer; imagine how he might respond.

Final Prayer: End with a formal prayer such as the Lord’s Prayer/Our Father.

Thought for Today:

Christ has no body but yours. No hands, no feet on earth but yours.

Yours are the eyes with which He looks compassion on this world.

Yours are the feet with which He walks to do good.

Yours are the hands with which He blesses all the world.

 - Teresa of Avila