” How happy are those who believe without seeing Me! ” ( John 20: 20 ). Why ” happy ” ? Because from them/from us a faith greater than that of Thomas and the others will be required; The greater the faith, the more scope for the power of God.
So the first “ Edition ” of John’s Gospel in the Bible ( chapters 1 – 20 ) ends with this solemn assurance that believers of all subsequent generations are in no way at a ” disadvantage ” compared to the original Disciples, who saw and heard, and touched the Lord our God – Jesus Christ: ( for example, the Spirit’s presence among disciples were so vivid that He prompts a real detachment from material possession “ None of theirs members was ever in want ” & ” having all things in common ” – Acts 4: 32 – 35. ). However, the written Gospel imparts to us today, all knowledge necessary for a life-giving encounter with the Risen Lord – 1 John 5: 1 “ EVERYONE WHO BELIEVES ( adheres to, trusts, and relies on the fact ) that Jesus is the Christ ( the Messiah ) is a born again child of God, and everyone who loves the Father also loves the one born of Him ( His offspring ) “
In many ways, one may acclaim the recent taking over of this Second Sunday of Easter with its Sublime Gospel by the designation of it as ” Divine Mercy Sunday “. Furthermore, on the other hand, there is a link between the two in that it is the appearance to Thomas that most particularly brings out that the RISEN LORD still bears on His body the wounds of His vulnerable & unconditional Love. We might recall with amazing joy what we heard on ” Good friday ” from the Letter to the