03 July – Feast – St. Thomas the Apostle

Gospel: 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 nail marks 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.”

MY LORD AND MY GOD! St. Paul is encourages us that by faith we have been made citizens of the Kingdom of God. In the gospel, we see that Thomas pegged his faith on seeing and touching. When the Lord finally appears, He makes it clear to him that blessed are those who believe without seeing. Every time we encounter Jesus in the Eucharist he reminds as that He is the risen God. This is very important for us who have not seen Jesus. That if we walk by faith and not by sight we shall be received by God in His kingdom. The Lord who heard what was said by Thomas in his absence also knows and understands the doubts, worries, fears and uncertainties we have in our hearts.

PRAYER: We pray that our encounter with the Lord in the Eucharist will help us find an answer to our doubts, fears and inner turmoil.