April 24, 2022
Second Sunday of Easter (Divine Mercy Sunday)
More to Tell
Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of his disciples that are not written in this book. But these are written that you may come to believe that Jesus is the Christ…and that through this belief you may have life in his name.
John 20:30-31

My 17-year-old returned home from his workout reporting that he’d been to a different YMCA branch than usual—the branch where, unbeknownst to him, his father died of a heart attack when that young man was three.

My own heart skipped a couple of beats. That detail had never come up, since he was so young at the time. Should I reveal this part of the story now? No, I decided, that conversation would come another day.

And so, too, I trust the story of Jesus that John reveals to me. There may certainly be more to tell, but I have faith that God’s Spirit works through him, and all the evangelists, to bring me into the story of Jesus in the way that will lead me to full, rich, eternal life.

- Amy Welborn

Acts 5:12-16 • Psalm 118:2-4, 13-15, 22-24 Revelation 1:9-11a, 12-13, 17-19 • John 20:19-31

Comments

April 24, 2022 at 12:33 PM

You are SO right Gayle! As they say “ The devil will quote Scripture to suit his purpose.”

Salina
April 24, 2022 at 05:03 PM

I dare to say the devil knows more about Scripture and recognize God better than anyone...He tempted Jesus in the desert using Scripture: Matthew 4:1-11 and Luke 4:1-13!

April 24, 2022 at 12:27 PM

Fantastic explanation, Salina! I love this quote by Abraham Lincoln: “ How many legs does a dog have if you call his tail a leg? Four. Saying that a tail is a leg doesn’t make it a leg.” Don’t be fooled.

April 24, 2022 at 12:23 PM

Amen.

April 24, 2022 at 11:06 AM

Yes, Lord God Jesus!!! *** John 20:30-31, "Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of His disciples that are not written in this book.But these are written that you may come to believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that through this belief you may have life in His Name!" *** John 21:25, "Jesus did many other things as well. If every one of them were written down, I suppose that even the whole world would not have room for the books that would be written!" *** Deuteronomy 29:29, "The secret things belong to the Lord our God, but the things revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may follow all the Words of this law!" ******* It reminds me that my faith is actually very simple but not easy to follow because of many worldly distractions, my wandering mind and my divided heart. It takes His discipline (from discipleship), His Holy Spirit (from Salvation), His Word (Jesus Himself), my checkbook (first fruit my worship), my time (commitment my practice), my mind (willingness my eyes) and my heart (openess my ears)!!! *** Simple faith - Jesus loves me https://youtu.be/QSaWPYb6_6k

April 24, 2022 at 10:54 AM

I have read Living Faith for over 25 years. I love continuing a tradition that started with my mother; a cup of coffee and reading devotions first thing in the morning. this is the first time I’ve felt the need to post a comment. Yesterday there was a comment about a bill proposed in the California legislature that would “legalize infanticide”. Please go to FactCheck.org for information regarding this claim. “California Not Poised to Legalize Infanticide” posted April 22,2022. Please pray for the people suffering from the war in Ukraine.

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April 25, 2022 at 09:53 AM

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April 24, 2022 at 09:34 AM

Amen!

April 24, 2022 at 09:06 AM

What an appropriate story today on Divine Mercy Sunday with the readings about Jesus’ wounds Amy. We all have wounds that make our story and the older we get the more wounds we have. Knowing Jesus did not hide His wounds but shared them intimately with those closest to Him tells us we too can live beyond our wounds and when necessary share them with those closest to us. Just as Jesus’ wounds did for Thomas our wounds and our story may be the encouragement and strength someone else needs to know they will survive either in body or spirit if not both. Thank you merciful Lord for allowing us to bear our wounds here and help each other to believe!

Amy
April 24, 2022 at 04:17 PM

Thank you so much for your kind words! I appreciate them

EM 1
April 24, 2022 at 10:55 AM

Amen. Beautiful reflection and comment. Jesus, I trust in you.

April 24, 2022 at 08:24 AM

" For the sake of his sorrowful passion, have mercy on us and on the whole world" May Jesus love and mercy rule this earth.

EM 1
April 24, 2022 at 11:01 AM

“Eternal God, in whom mercy is endless and the treasury of compassion inexhaustible,look kindly upon us and increase your mercy in us, that in difficult moments we may not despair nor become despondent but with great confidence submit ourselves to your holy will which is love and mercy itself.” Amen

April 24, 2022 at 07:38 AM

Amy, thank you for sharing this. Your stories always move me. They allow entry to those moments in our lives when we are surprised or experience the unexpected and it takes a bit to process what just happened and why. We are all on the journey of having our stories revealed to us and becoming a part of Jesus, too. Continued prayers for all who feel alone or scared.

April 24, 2022 at 07:33 AM

Continued prayers here for the Ukraine and the conversion of Mr. Putin. Father in Heaven, have mercy on us and on the whole world! You sent Your Son, the Prince of Peace, for the salvation of the world. We pray that the Peace of Christ will reign in Ukraine. Please protect and send aid to those in Ukraine and all who are at-risk. We pray for peace – we pray for all who are working towards it and for all who are in danger from this conflict. We pray for an end to violence and war – we pray for wisdom for all leaders who have a hand in this. Lord God, please help those in most need of thy mercy. Blessed Virgin Mary, Queen of Peace, pray for us! Saint Joseph, Protector of Mary, Jesus and the Church, pray for us! Lord Jesus, Prince of Peace, may your kingdom reign in Ukraine and all the world.

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