5th Sunday of Easter A20
In the time of Easter Season, you would think that all the Gospel readings would be about Jesus and his Resurrection appearances. But instead, on the 4th, 5th and 6th Sundays, they are taken from the Last Supper scene in John’s Gospel. Why? Because John like the other evangelists did not write an account or a movie script with a happy ending to be read or seen one time but to be savored time and time again. Each time we read a part, the insights we bring result from our life experiences and what has been happening in the world since the last time we have read or pondered it.
And so this Sunday we read, “Do not let your hearts be troubled. You have faith in God; have faith also in me.”
Now faith and trust is difficult in the best of times. How about going through a pandemic when we are afraid to hear another coughing or sneezing; when we are wearing masks and gloves; when we are washing our hands more than ever in imitation of Lady Macbeth; and practicing social distancing which anything but “social”?
Most of us can identify with the reaction of Thomas or Philip in today’s Gospel. Like them our wish is that God would offer us a little more proof and would give us an unquestionable sign that would remove all of our doubts and hesitations to believe in God’s presence in this time and place.
“Do not let your hearts be troubled. You have faith in God; have faith also in me.” “Trust in God and trust in me” reminds us that Jesus’ resurrection is a sign of the ultimate victory of life over death, of patient waiting instead of frantic searching, of love conquering all fear.
Our response to what we are experiencing as a world community expresses what we truly believe about God’s presence, care, mercy, and support.
Our prayer should be a prayer of trust and faith like that of St. Teresa of Avila. She wrote:
“Let nothing disturb you, let nothing frighten you.
Those who know God have everything.
Only God is enough.”