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'Reach out your hand . . .' Sunday Reflections, 2nd Sunday of Easter, Year A

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The Incredulity of St Thomas Caravaggio [Web Gallery of Art]

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GospelJohn 20:19-31(New Revised Standard Version, Anglicised Catholic Edition, Canada)
When it was evening on that day, the first day of the week, and the doors of the house where the disciples had met were locked for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said, ‘Peace be with you.’ After he said this, he showed them his hands and his side. Then the disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord. Jesus said to them again, ‘Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you.’ When he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, ‘Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained.’ But Thomas (who was called the Twin[a]), one of the twelve, was not with…

'Did a God indeed in dying cross my life that day?' Good Friday

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The Agony in the Garedn El Greco [Web Gallery of Art] The First Sorrowful Mystery of the Rosary
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First ReadingIsaiah 52:13 – 53:12 (New Revised Standard Version, Anglicised Catholic Edition, Canada)
See, my servant shall prosper;
he shall be exalted and lifted up,
and shall be very high.
Just as there were many who were astonished at him—so marred was his appearance, beyond human semblance,
and his form beyond that of mortals—
so he shall startle many nations;kings shall shut their mouths because of him;
for that which had not been told them they shall see,and that which they had not heard they shall contemplate.
Who has believed what we have heard?And to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed?
For he grew up before him like a young plant,and like a root out of dry ground;
he had no form or majesty that we should look at…