Thomas, the Twin, one of the Twelve, was not with them when Jesus came. The other disciples told him, «We have seen the Lord». But he replied, «Until I have seen in his hands the print of the nails, and put my finger in the mark of the nails and my hand in his side, I will not believe».
Eight days later, the disciples were inside again and Thomas was with them. Despite the locked doors Jesus came and stood in their midst and said, «Peace be with you». Then He said to Thomas, «Put your finger here and see my hands; stretch out your hand and put it into my side. Resist no longer and be a believer». Thomas then said, «You are my Lord and my God». Jesus replied, «You believe because you see me, don't you? Happy are those who have not seen and believe» .
The feast of Saint Thomas does give us lot of hope and encouragement. Jesus does understand our difficulties and problems. With this God who loves us and with us, we can always go ahead in our life. However, we should never fail to love this God and express this love in action. Once we are faithful to our love commitment, then everything we follow in the right direction. Many of the people who are disappointed and discouraged today, are the ones who see inward than towards God with hope.
In every word and act, if we give lot of attention to this love commitment, then God will raise us from nothing to something extraordinary. Just like Thomas who was raised by the Lord to profess the deep love and the mystery of divine presence in Jesus, (as my God and my Lord,) we too will be made capable of professing such wonderful thing in an extraordinary way.
«You are 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, evangelist John, 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: «Until I have seen in his hands the print of the nails, and put my finger in the mark of the nails and my hand in his side, I will not believe» (Jn 20:25).
Jesus is good and meets Thomas. Eight days later, Jesus appears once more and tells Thomas: «Put your finger here and see my hands; stretch out your hand and put it into my side. Resist no longer and be a believer» (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: «You are 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 sees not only Jesus, the man, who was with the Apostles and ate with them, but his Lord and his God.
Jesus reprimands him and tells him not to be incredulous but a believer, and He adds: «Happy are those who have not seen and believe» (Jn 20:28). We have not seen the crucified Christ or have we seen 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 has resurrected for us.
Let us therefore pray: «My Lord and my God, remove from me all that can prevent me from going to You. My Lord and my God, give me all that can draw me to You. My Lord and my God, detach me from myself to give my all to you» (St. Nicholas von Flüe).