2: Thomas meets the Risen Christ
Jesus invites each one of us, through Thomas,
to touch not only his wounds,
but those wounds in others and in ourselves,
wounds that can make us hate others and ourselves
and can be a sign of separation and division.
These wounds will be transformed into a sign of forgiveness
through the love of Jesus
and will bring people together in love.
These wounds reveal that we need each other.
These wounds become the place of mutual compassion,
and of thanksgiving.
We, too, will show our wounds
when we are with him in the kingdom,
revealing our brokenness
and the healing power of Jesus.
– Jean Vanier
Drawn into the Mystery of Jesus through the Gospel of John
For further reflection:
Jesus empowers his followers to “loose and bind” each others faults and wounds.
How does this contribute to our union with God and one another?
What do I need to “loose or bind” within myself or those around me?