Prayer: Continue to help us to see you, Jesus, after the celebration of your glorious resurrection. Amen.
Reading: John 20: 19-31 (Click to read text)
Stop and GROW: After reading the text, discuss/ponder the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America's Book of Faith questions, which are part of Camp Mount Luther's GROW Time with campers.
QUESTION 1: What scares, confuses, challenges, or doesn’t make sense to me in this text?
QUESTION 2: What delights me in this text or is my favorite part of the story?
QUESTION 3: What stories or memories does this text stir in me?
QUESTION 4: What is God up to in this text?
Reflection: In the season of Easter, our weekly Gospel readings will recount the times Jesus came back after his resurrection and appeared to the disciples. This week, as we do every year right after Easter, we are reminded of Thomas who doubted that Jesus had appeared. He didn’t take the other disciples word for it. He had to see for himself. We also read in today’s scripture about Jesus breathing the Holy Spirit into his workers.
How often do we doubt? How often do we feel the Spirit’s work in our lives? What if the two worked together? Could the Spirit help us to ease our doubt?
Our passage today also reminds us that Jesus did so many things while he was on earth that they couldn’t record them all. Think about that. How many things does Jesus do for us that we don’t realize or see either? Continue to be on the lookout for times you see the Resurrected Jesus in your life. –Chad Hershberger
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