July 3, 2014

The Gospel Today

Feast of St. Thomas, Apostle

John 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. Alejandro Pestaño):

We often say “to see is to believe” but with Jesus, it is to believe is to see.  We can only see God if we will believe in Him. Our belief must be firm enough that even in our crises in life where we may be led to question the reality of God in our lives or doubt His love for us, we would still have faith in Him.

The crises in our lives like sickness, loss of job or death in the family may lead us to question the reality of God in this world, such as: “where is God?” or “why these things are happening to me?” would often come in these situations.  For some, the experience may even lead them to turn away from God for some time by not attending religious services like the Holy Mass. We blame God for putting us in an unlikeable situation.  But unknowingly our experiences in life can be an opportunity for us to encounter God and such experiences will give us strength to firmly believe in our Lord Jesus Christ because we later on realized how God had worked in us in all those events in our lives. It is in this way we can say that we have seen the Father which is more enough.

As we celebrate today the feast of the apostle Thomas, let us take him as our model in life.  After God has affirmed to Thomas that He is alive and has truly risen from the dead, Thomas offered his life to God as he confessed, “My Lord and my God!”  When we find ourselves in its lowest point and start to doubt God and His existence, let us go back to the many times that God uplifts us.  Let us recall how God brought us from dark to light, and be assured always that God is always faithful to His words that He will not abandon us.  In return, may we also be a witness of God’s faithfulness to other people who are also in doubt about the reality of Him.  May we become their strength in times of their weakness so that in the end we too, like Thomas, may be able to confess “My Lord and my God!”

St. Thomas, the apostle, pray for us.

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