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.
In this Sunday’s Gospel, St Thomas initially refused to believe in the Resurrection of Jesus unless he could see and feel the wounds received by Jesus on the cross.
Eventually, St Thomas met the Risen Christ and 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”.
In faith, and with faith, it is no longer necessary to experience the physical appearance of the Risen Christ. Faith in Jesus is given through the preaching and witness of the Church who passes on Christ’s teaching and the testimony of the apostles. Furthermore, the Risen Christ continues to be with us through the sacraments – especially in the Eucharist. What we read in the first reading and what has happened since, and is happening now, is how God reaches us and continue to be with us. “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