Sunday Gospel reflection: Let Jesus heal your wounds

Second Sunday of Easter or Sunday of Divine Mercy, Year B

"The Incredulity of Saint Thomas" by Caravaggio (1571–1610). Photo: Public Domain

Thomas did something we would all like to do. It would be so much easier to believe if we could touch and see the wounds of Christ. Yet, the wounds of Christ are present every day in many different ways. I can still touch them; perhaps I just fail to see them.

We are all wounded. Some of us carry wounds that are deeper and more intense than others. These wounds can be physical or spiritual, recent or long-standing. An injection or a pill isn’t enough to heal these wounds. Healing is an internal process that puts things right, and to do this we need to face our wounds.

Jesus carries our wounds. In today’s Gospel, not only is Jesus inviting Thomas to feel the wounds in his hands and side; Thomas is also invited to face his very own wounds, which Jesus is carrying. It is only by facing his own wounds that Thomas can be healed and then say, “My Lord and my God.”

Today, we, like Thomas, are being invited to face our wounds, which Jesus carries for us. Like Thomas, we are being invited to heal whatever it is that threatens life within us. In this Eucharist today, may we find the strength to say “My Lord and my God” and allow the grace Jesus offers to heal the wounds that prevent us from being whole.

— Anthony Chezzi


Acts 4:32–35

Psalm 118:2–4, 13–15, 22–24

1 John 5:1–6

John 20:19–31

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