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.”
Today, in remembering St Thomas, we are invited to believe without having seen. Since faith is a gift from God, the visible and palpable elements are not the essential elements, even if they are important for Thomas. We share perfectly this humanity of Thomas, which is ours. God, who is full of mercy, will accompany us in our walk towards the Lord, as He accompanied Thomas.
Thomas' absence from a first important meeting and his refusal to accept the resurrection helps us to hope in the difficult moments of life. The new appointment proposed by the Lord will be proposed to us also today, if we remain sincere in our search for the Lord. We must never forget the profession of faith of St. Thomas, "My Lord and my God", the first to declare Jesus as God.
The Lord, however, rebuked him and still does today, saying that we lack faith. To trust in God, even if we see nothing to look forward to, is already an expression of faith. Like Thmas, let us take our step towards the Lord and He will come to us with the solution.
Action of the day: Be a believer
«My Lord and my God!»
+ Fr. Joan SERRA i Fontanet
Today, the Church celebrates the festivity of St. Thomas. After describing the apparition of Jesus on Easter Sunday, John the Evangelist, tell us that the apostle Thomas was not with them, and when the Apostles —who had seen the Lord— were bearing witness of him, Thomas replied: “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.” (Jn 20:25).
Jesus is good with Thomas and meets him. Eight days later, Jesus appears once more and tells 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.” (Jn 20:27).
—O Jesus, you are so good! If you ever see me moving away from You, come to meet me, as you did to meet Thomas.
These words were Thomas' reaction: “My Lord and my God!” (Jn 20:28). How beautiful these words are! Thomas calls him “Lord” and “God”. He makes an act of faith in the divinity of Jesus. When seeing him resurrected, Thomas not only sees Jesus the man, with the Apostles and eating with them, but his Lord and his God.
Jesus reprimands him and tells him not to be incredulous but a believer, and He adds: “Blessed are those who have not seen and have believed.” (Jn 20:28). We have not seen the crucified Christ or the resurrected Christ either, nor has He appeared to us, but we are happy because we believe in this Jesus Christ that has died and resurrected for us.
Let us therefore pray: “My Lord and my God, take from me everything that distances me from you. My Lord and my God, give me everything that brings me closer to you. My Lord and my God, detach me from myself to give my all to you.” (St. Nicholas of Flüe).