“My Lord and my God.”

John 20:28

Thursday, 15 April 2021

John 20:19-31

The moment at which Thomas recognises that this is Jesus risen from the dead, he makes this affirmation of faith. In an instant, something shifts in him and he is awed by the realisation that Jesus is the Messiah – is God.

I guess that this moment is THE moment of grace in the life of Thomas. A moment that is so powerful that it cannot but have begun a cascade of transformation in him. The experience of encountering Jesus at this moment where he was so closed off to that possibility must have been profound. He could no longer be the same person he had been before. Something in him was softened and opened.

Can you identify moments in your life that have changed how you have seen or understood things? Experiences or relationships which have opened you up to something to which you were previously closed. Particularly as we get older, there can be the temptation to become set in the way that we see things. We can limit God’s power and grace because we are afraid of being disappointed.

This time of Easter is a time of new life. We celebrate the Resurrection of Jesus, but we also celebrate what God desires to bring to life in us. Any encounter with the Risen Christ liberates, heals and opens up new possibilities and ways of engaging with life.

What has died in us – perhaps our hope, our faith, our ability to love wholeheartedly – can be resurrected, allowing us to experience with Jesus the joy of his new life.

Reflect today on:

Where have I become stubborn or narrow in my thinking?

What in me needs to be resurrected so that I can recognise and share the joy of the Risen Christ?

Dr Annemarie Paulin-Campbell

Dr Annemarie Paulin-Campbell has worked in the area of Ignatian Spirituality for 19 years and heads up the work of the Jesuit Institute School of Spirituality. Her primary focus is the training and supervision of spiritual directors and the giving of retreats. She is also a registered Psychologist and her PhD focused on the interface between Christian Spirituality and Psychology. Annemarie is an editorial advisor to “The Way” journal of Spirituality and has authored a number of articles relating to the training of Spiritual Directors in an African context. She has contributed to several books, most recently co-authoring a book of Lenten Reflections: “Long Journey to the Resurrection”. She has contributed to international conferences and consultations in Spirituality in the United Kingdom; the United States; Rome; Spain, Ethiopia, Kenya and Zimbabwe.

a.paulin-campbell@jesuitinstitute.org.za @annemariepc_c
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