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~ an Easter reflection by Glen Butterworth, SJ
Jesus came, although the doors were locked,
and stood in their midst and said, “Peace be with you.”
Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here and see my hands,
and bring your hand and put it into my side,
and do not be unbelieving, but believe.”
Thomas answered and said to him, “My Lord and my God!”
Jesus said to him, “Have you come to believe because you have seen me?
Blessed are those who have not seen and have believed.”
We are all familiar with this story, and …
His name I knew: Alphonsus Rodriguez… Four decades a doorman. No resplendent garb, only a simple black robe. No authority, only service. Open the college door cordially to visitors, find faculty or students wanted in the parlors, deliver messages, run errands, give alms to the needy, comfort troubled youngsters.
Terribly humdrum routine? Four decades in a rut? Apparently not. His secret? It comes from his own lips, his own pen. Each time the bell rang, Alphonsus looked at the door and imagined. Imagined what? Imagined that the bell ringer was God …
Paul is presented by many as a pugnacious man who was well able to wield the sword of his words. Indeed, there was no lack of disputes on his journey as an Apostle. He did not seek a superficial harmony. In the First of his Letters, addressed to the Thessalonians, he himself says: “We had courage… to proclaim to you the Gospel of God in the face of great opposition… In fact, we never spoke words of adulation, as you know” (1 Thes 2: 2, 5). The truth was too …