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April 15th 2012 A.D. Sunday in White (Second Sunday of Easter)

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April 15th 2012 A.D.

Sunday in White (Second Sunday of Easter)

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John 20:19-31

"Unless I see in his hands the prints of the nails, I will not believe"

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Background:

Often this Gospel is used as an occasion to prove the Churchís control of the forgiveness of sins and even to demand more frequent confession. The Church, in this perspective, has a monopoly on forgiveness and must be stern in its use.

Patently this narrowly circumscribes the passionate forgiveness of God which Jesus came to reveal. God may be generous with forgiveness, it is implied, but the Church cannot and should not. Yet the story of Thomas, immediately after suggests that such an interpretation of the words of Jesus missed the points.

To forgive is not a right to be jealously guarded, but an obligation to be exercised generously. We do not earn our own forgiveness by forgiving others.  Rather we manifest the generosity and implacability of Godís forgiveness of us.

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Once upon a time there was a man who counted carefully all his grudges. He remembered all the cruelties of the school yard, the taunts from his class when he did something well, the feather-brained irresponsibilities  (as he saw them) of the young women he had dated, the dishonesty of his business associates, the insensitivity of his wife, the ingratitude of his children. So many people had done such terrible things to him that he figured that there had to be a conspiracy.

Who could have organized such a massive conspiracy? Only God. For some reason, maybe it was his face, God did not like him. This was unfair, but what could he do. If God had a grudge against him, that was Godís privilege. But then he had the right to hold a grudge against God. So he died lonely and isolated, hated (he thought) by everyone who ought to have loved him. I have a grudge against You, he told God on first meeting.

So what, God replied. I donít have a grudge against you, so forget about it!

Then God showed him the people at his funeral Mass.

All the people who had injured him were sobbing in church.

Do you think maybe you missed the point, God asked.

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God. So he died lonely and isolated, hated (he thought) by everyone who ought to have loved him. I have a grudge against You, he told God on first meeting. So what, God replied. I donít have a grudge against you, so forget about it! Then God showed him the people at his funeral Mass. All the people who had injured him were sobbing in church. Do you think maybe you missed the point, God askedSo what, God replied. I donít have a grudge against you, so forget about it! Then God showed him the people at his funeral Mass. All the people who had injured him were sobbing in church. Do you think maybe you missed the point, God asked
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Psalm 118:2-4, 13-15, 23-24

2 Let Israel say, "His steadfast love endures for ever."
3 Let the house of Aaron say, "His steadfast love endures for ever."
4 Let those who fear the Lord say, "His steadfast love endures for ever."
13 I was pushed hard, so that I was falling, but the Lord helped me.
14 The Lord is my strength and my song; he has become my salvation.
15 Hark, glad songs of victory in the tents of the righteous:  "The right hand of the Lord does valiantly,
22 The stone which the builders rejected has become the head of the corner.
23 This is the Lord's doing; it is marvelous in our eyes.
24 This is the day which the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.

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