April 28, 2019: ​Reflection for the Second Sunday of Easter

by Ed McKibbin, Notre Dame Associate

This week’s readings provide us once again with confidence of what we are able to accomplish through the power of the Holy Spirit. The Apostles, prior to witnessing the resurrection and receiving the Holy Spirit, were ordinary people just like us. Thomas, who despite having lived in the presence of Jesus, and listened to his words on a daily basis, still doubted that Jesus could have risen from the dead. We all have moments in our lives where we, like Thomas, have doubts.

Great saints like Mother Teresa have discussed these doubts. However, time and time again, these saints relied upon Jesus in their moments of weakness. They returned to him in prayer and persevered on in faith and good works.

In the First Reading we are given an account of what these “ordinary” men accomplished through Christ. Their good works became an inspiration for others to follow. We have that same ability in our daily lives when we rely upon Jesus and place our faith and trust in Him to guide us. We have the opportunity and the ability to accomplish what these same ordinary turned great people accomplished over 2000 years ago provided that we keep returning to the Lord for strength and guidance while we persevere through life’s journey.