In today’s Gospel, the disciples have not yet come to the full realisation that Jesus is alive – that he has risen. They are huddled together, with all doors firmly locked “for fear of the Jews.” Then, the Jesus they presumed dead, is standing among them, and greets them with the words, “Peace be with you”. But this is not just a happy re-union. There is work to be done – the work that Jesus began, and which they are to continue. Thomas, one of the Twelve, was not there when Jesus had first appeared to the Apostles, and then makes the greatest confession of faith, “My Lord and my God.”
To see and know Jesus in our lives, is to recognise when he comes to us, and be ready for the day to- day opportunities to bring him into the lives of others. We do this by living lives of love, compassion and justice. When we do this, Easter is celebrated, and
Jesus is alive amongst us.