Second Sunday of Easter – Year C
This Sunday’s Gospel has led the world to use the term “doubting Thomas’ on anyone who is a skeptic or who refuses to believe without direct person experience. St Thomas doubted His fellow brother apostles, and other witnesses of the Risen Christ.
Even today, many express the idea that unless they ‘experience’ it (e.g. see) Our Lord for themselves, they would not believe. Yet, in our daily lives, we take many things by faith without even blinking twice. For example, if I hand someone a $20 note, mostly it would be taken, by faith, that it is a genuine money. The person would not question that it is legal tender, nor does he asks the bank to verify it every time he has a transaction with it, nor asks to see the printing press, nor check the validity of the government to issue the notes…… And the list of expression of faith goes on in the simple transaction. The thing is, that person who received the $20 note could investigate all those things. And it is the same with the Resurrection Christ. One could investigate whether it is reason-able to believe in the Resurrection, not just through Biblical testimonies, but also the testimonies of all the people whose life was changed by it. Even the methods used in natural science uses a faith based system; we have to take it by faith that the Laws of the physical world (e.g. the Laws of motion, quantum mechanics…), will always be true – otherwise, science cannot exists. The difference is, for those who believed in God, we believe that there is a mind so incredible that it thought everything into being – that even creation follows His mind. Science without the Creator as the source of all creation is a blind leap of faith that everything ‘just happened’ to be there.
Thus the episode of ‘doubting Thomas’ is very important because John the Evangelist is trying to tell us that believing is seeing, and not seeing is believing. When St Thomas eventually met the Risen Christ, his words were: “My Lord and My God”. In response to Thomas’ confession of faith, the Risen Christ replied: “You believe because you can see me. Happy are those who have not seen and yet believe”. Remember, Faith and reason go together. Mostly, faith is also a choice – it is choosing to believe, not because we have seen, but because it is reason-able, and it makes sense.
“My Lord and My God” should be our confession of faith every time we receive the Eucharist, or even come before His Eucharistic Presence.
Alleluia He is Risen