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FEAST OF SAINT THOMAS, FIRST SATURDAY OF THE MONTH JULY 3, 2021



A reading of the holy Gospel according to Jn 20:24-29


Thomas, called Didymus, one of the Twelve, was not with them when Jesus came. So the other disciples said to him, “We have seen the Lord.” But Thomas said to them, “Unless I see the mark of the nails in his hands and put my finger into the nailmarks and put my hand into his side, I will not believe.” Now a week later his disciples were again inside and Thomas was with them. 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.”


REFLECTION:

“Have you come to believe because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and have believed.”



Before he converted to Christianity, C. S. Lewis, a known atheist, acknowledged that just as the Christian has his moment of doubt, so does the atheist. There is the proud skeptic who is so smart that he pits his intelligence against God and takes delight in finding holes in the beliefs of the weak Christian. In Psalm 14:1 it says, “The fool has said in his heart, ‘There is no God".


The other doubter is one who struggles with questions about God and has not yet seen the glory and magnificence of the resurrected Christ.


Another doubter is one who is faced with many problems, believes in God but still wants proof. I think that is what happened to St Thomas. After all he was not with the rest of the apostles when Jesus appeared the first time. Was he maybe fighting off doubts and decision making regarding what to do now that Jesus was gone? What had just happened that erased all the three years he spent with Jesus?


Doubters in the bible we have read about: Zechariah doubted and he was made mute, Sarah laughed when told she was to be pregnant, and there are also many instances of people who have both doubted and had faith at different points in their lives. Job doubted God's goodness, Gideon doubted God's ability to help him fight the Midianites.


Many of us pray, as the father for his child, ‘I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!' (Mark 9:23-24)


Jesus came to overcome death and bring us to eternal life with Him. Jesus is patient, kind, merciful, loving and self giving. He wanted Thomas to believe in Him but not force him into belief. With time, St Thomas acknowledged that Jesus was God. He proclaimed, "My Lord and my God!" (John 20:28) Do we not say this at the most awesome encounter with Jesus at the time of the Consecration at Mass or when we visit with Him at Adoration?


Jesus is always there when we lack faith, when our loved ones struggle, when we doubt that our prayers are being answered or when we feel that maybe the road we have travelled is not right.


God is a mystery and we cannot explain Him by human logic. Asking and praying for faith is always necessary and may we always be lifted up as we lift people up to open our eyes to see Jesus.



God Bless You



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