Saturday, June 19 NL | BR

If you have faith and do not doubt, not only can you do what was done to the fig tree, but also you can say to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and it will be done. – Matthew 21:21

It was a difficult time, an hour of darkness, in the lives of the disciples and the women who had followed Jesus. He was their teacher and they saw how He healed the sick. They saw how He raised Lazarus from the dead and how He cast out seven evil spirits from Mary Magdalene. They had a silent hope that Jesus would establish a kingdom on earth, but their hope died when they saw Jesus hanging on the cross.

Peter felt miserable. After he denied Jesus three times, it was as if he continued to hear the rooster crows. Think of Judas, he was the most disappointed one as he thought he would become the minister of finance in the new kingdom.

One evening most of the disciples were together, they had closed the doors and were sad and scared. Thomas did not come. He did what so many people do when they are having a hard time; they stay at home and do not go to church meetings. They prefer to feel sorry for themselves.

Then Jesus came

But when all hope was gone… Jesus came. He suddenly stood in their midst while the doors were closed, and He said to them: ‘Peace be with you! As the Father has sent Me, I am sending you. And with that He breathed on them and said: receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive anyone’s sins, their sins are forgiven; if you do not forgive them, they are not forgiven.’ (John 20:21-23).

A week later He came and stood amongst them while Thomas was also there. He called Thomas who did not want to believe earlier that Jesus was alive. How happy was Thomas now that he saw Jesus alive! Are you happy and grateful? Or are you sad and disappointed? Did you lose hope and is your life chaotic? If that is the case, speak the word of faith.

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