MY LORD AND MY GOD            Jn 20.24-29

We often associate the apostle Thomas as “doubting Thomas” due to the story we hear in the Gospel today. However, Thomas was just as great in his devotion and courage as a disciple of Jesus. As Jesus prepares visit his dying friend Lazarus, we hear Thomas speak out courageously that he will go with Jesus. Going towards Jerusalem was dangerous territory since the Jewish authorities were after Jesus. At the Last Supper Thomas is not afraid to question Jesus where he is going as Jesus approached his impending death. The next time we hear from Thomas is the episode related in the Gospel

The Risen Jesus meets his friends along the way to Emmaus, He appears to Mary and the others, and he eats food in order to fellowship among them again. He is the friend of sinners and relates with the disciples as he had always done. Thomas has difficulty believing in the story his fellow apostles relate to him – Jesus is risen! Can a dead man rise again? Thomas doesn’t think so and stubbornly refuses to believe …unless…
He puts the disciples to the test demanding that he places his hands upon the wounds of the Christ. Seemingly a tall order and yet the disciples trust in the Lord.
We are told that is a week later (perhaps an excruciating week for the disciples) that Jesus appears before the disciples – and Thomas is with them. You notice that the first thing the risen Christ manifests to us is his peace. He does not scold the disciples for their lack of faith, nor does he condemn Thomas. He turns to Thomas and allows Thomas to touch him and be healed. Thomas skepticism is healed at the sight of Jesus’ wounds and in humble adoration pronounces Jesus as Lord and God.
Countless others have proclaimed the same. Jesus truly risen is our Lord and God; He is your Lord and your God. Jesus testifies that Thomas believes because he has seen, yet more blessed are they who have not seen and yet believe. Jesus is talking about us – you and I. He has given faith and hope to believe that he truly is present in our midst. Though we do not see him with the eyes of our body, we do see him through our “eyes of faith”. Seeing is believing. He is present at Mass, in the Word, in the gathered people of the faith community, in the priest and in each one of us because the Holy Spirit dwells within us.
The proclamation of Thomas has echoed down through the ages, among saints and sinners alike. The highest point of our faith is to proclaim that Jesus is Lord to the glory of God Father. This is distinctive to our faith as Christian that Jesus is Lord and God.
He is the second person of the Trinity. Jesus was with God in the beginning and is the Word made Flesh.

In the adoration of the Blessed Sacrament we too bow down in humble submission to the Risen Lord among us. Let us take upon ourselves this proclamation of Thomas. Where  those doubts arise in our own life, let us speak again the truth. Often we refuse to believe in the truth and put more faith in our doubts and fears. Let us accept in a new way this enlightening proclamation of Thomas and begin to live anew our faith in Jesus who is Lord and God

Lord Jesus, I believe in you. I believe that you are the Son of God. I believe that you died and rose again. I believe that you are here in our midst with the power to heal and the grace to forgive. Amen