July 3, 2013

The Gospel Today 

Feast of Saint Thomas, Apostle

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 (Sem. Emmanuel Calumpong):

Doubting is one of the things that people usually do when they are not sure of something.  Today’s world, which is full of deceit, dishonesty, trickery and all those negative news, people tend to doubt everything around them including people whom they already knew. It is really a sad situation but we cannot avoid doubting because it is also one of our defenses or precautionary measures in order not to be deceived, cheated or harmed by people which can cause injuries or worse, death. Suffice to say, doubting is good because it helps someone to think things over before doing something or making a decision, thus, avoid regrets thereafter. A philosopher even used a “methodic doubt” in order to answer many of his in the world. In today’s Gospel, Thomas, one of the twelve apostles, also doubted even the resurrection of Jesus his master.

Indeed, doubting is part and parcel of being human. That is why a very common expression has already become part of the people’s psyche: “To see is to believe.” St. Thomas’ doubt is considered as one of the most honest statements of doubt in the Scripture.  Thomas could not keep to himself what he was thinking and feeling.  He had to verbalize his doubt as honest as possible.  The gospel captures not only the expression of Thomas’ doubt but also the truth that doubt leads to believing. Only by expressing his doubt and letting them out did Thomas come to believe and make the highest profession of faith in Jesus when he said “My Lord and my God!”

What are your doubts at this moment of your life? Do you consider doubt as something positive or negative? Like Thomas, may we have the fortitude to express to Jesus whatever doubt we may have in our life because doubt is a step to believing. As what St. Augustine reminds us:  “Vanish your doubts. We must not forget what God had already done to our lives”. Rest assured God will fight for us.

 

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