Gospel for April 19th, 2020, Divine Mercy Sunday
Jesus has risen from the dead! But Thomas won’t believe unless he sees it for himself. Jesus shows Thomas His wounds and tells him to believe.
Gospel Reflection for Kids
In today’s Gospel, Jesus appears to His apostles after He was raised from the dead. Jesus breathes on them and says,
“Receive the Holy Spirit. Whose sins you forgive are forgiven them, and whose sins you retain are retained.”
You see, the apostles were the very first priests. Jesus was giving them the power to forgive sins, and that’s the reason why we can go to priests for confession today!
But Thomas, one of the apostles, wasn’t there when Jesus came to them. When the others told Thomas about it, Thomas didn’t believe them. He said,
“Unless I see the mark of the nails in his hands and put my finger into the nail marks and put my hand into his side, I will not believe.”
So, the next week, Jesus came to Thomas and said,
“Put your finger here and see my hands, and bring your hand and put it into my side, and do not be unbelieving, but believe.”
Jesus was showing Thomas the marks that He still had from His death. They are signs of His love for us.
And on this day, Divine Mercy Sunday, we honor the image of Jesus where we see the rays of blood and water coming from His Sacred Heart. Remember that because of His merciful love, Jesus sent the power of the Holy Spirit to our priests to forgive our sins.