[links to Bible Gateway open in a new window]Reading the Bible in Its Entirety
The second reading is the climactic lesson in John, drawn from Jesus' resurrection. On that morning, Jesus appears outside of the tomb to Mary Magdalene. Soon thereafter, he appears to the disciples and lastly to Thomas, who wants to place his fingers in the marks of Jesus' crucifixion. While Jesus accommodates Thomas' request, he blesses all those who will believe in his resurrection without seeing his scarred body -- which is to say, Jesus blesses all those who will become disciples in the years to come, including us. In fact, for John, the purpose of this gospel is to give spiritual sight to people, allowing them to truly see Jesus and believe in him.
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If you are planning to read the Bible in its entirety, you should read John 18-21 today.