Sunday 19th April 2020
2nd Sunday after Easter

Acts 2:14a, 22-32; 1 Peter 1:3-9; John 20:19-31; Psalm 16

As we celebrate the season of Easter, the various readings invite us in different ways to embrace the dawning reality that Christ, who died, has risen. Peterís sermon, recorded in Acts, invites the crowds of Jerusalem to discover this truth while the epistle which bears his name, expounds it afresh to the Early Church community. The Gospel reading recounts how the disciples are confronted with this new reality, one which Thomas struggles to believe until he is given the chance to discover it for himself.

This might lead us to reflect and pray for those who, in the world of work and employment, are engaged in research and discovery. These may be scientists, academics or those who work in research and development in various industrial plants and organisations. There are those whose commitment to enquiry has caused them a deeper sense of awe at the power and ability of their Creator; for others it has been the basis of scepticism and doubt. We might pray therefore that as we, as a human race discover more about the world around us, it might draw us to a deepen understanding of the one who made it.

As we read of the growing realisation that Christ was risen, so we might pray that all of Godís people might sense the risen Christ at their side, in every aspect of their everyday life.