We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
20:19 When it was evening on that day, the first day of the week, and the doors of the house where the disciples had met were locked for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said, "Peace be with you."
20:20 After he said this, he showed them his hands and his side. Then the disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord.
20:21 Jesus said to them again, "Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you."
20:22 When he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, "Receive the Holy Spirit.
20:23 If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained."
20:24 But Thomas (who was called the Twin), one of the twelve, was not with them when Jesus came.
20:25 So the other disciples told him, "We have seen the Lord." But he said to them, "Unless I see the mark of the nails in his hands, and put my finger in the mark of the nails and my hand in his side, I will not believe."
20:26 A week later his disciples were again in the house, and Thomas was with them. Although the doors were shut, Jesus came and stood among them and said, "Peace be with you."
20:27 Then he said to Thomas, "Put your finger here and see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it in my side. Do not doubt but believe."
20:28 Thomas answered him, "My Lord and my God!"
20:29 Jesus said to him, "Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have come to believe."
20:30 Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of his disciples, which are not written in this book.
20:31 But these are written so that you may come to believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that through believing you may have life in his name.
20:19 and the doors of the house where the disciples had met were locked for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said, "Peace be with you."
Must it always be this way--this fear? Is there a reason we should not treat their corporate like behavior for what it is-- a corporation? Are we going there again because we cannot stop this cycle of abuse and retaliation? Because gentiles are not allowed to protest abuse?
Divine Mercy Sunday in Catholic circles. The disciples had betrayed Jesus, and he came to them saying "Shalom," or "May God's blessings be upon you." Then he gave these sinners the Holy Spirit, and conferred on them the role of hearing and forgiving sins in Confession (or Reconciliation). Easter is the apogee of Christ's mission; today (and on Pentecost) he passed the torch to his disciples.
Re: faculty wife's comment...seems she's not fond of the Roman Catholic Church's challenges with all to many, but a few, deeply flawed human priests. (Who deserve all the punishment justice serves, but are not typical of Priests)
I find it ironic that today Pope Francis (supposedly moving Catholicism past "archaic" principles established by God) conferred today Sainthood on Pope John XXIII and Pope John Paul II.