SATURDAY, THIRTEENTH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME
Solemnity of Saint Thomas, Apostle of India
Acts 10:24-35; Ps 42:2-3; 43:3-4; 1 Pet 1:3-9; Jn 20: 24-29
DOUBTS STRENGTHEN ONE’S FAITH
Today’s gospel narrates the story of Thomas’s rejection of the resurrection and the acceptance of Jesus as “my Lord and my God”. Thomas was a man of courage who was ready to follow Jesus to the very end. We find proof of this in his words to the apostles when Jesus decided to go up to Jerusalem despite knowing that only suffering and death awaited him there. “Let us also go to die with him.” (Jn 11:16) When Jesus was with him, he was ready to die but when it came to the fact of the resurrection, he struggled.
Thomas boldly declared his inability to believe, and that he needed more than just the testimony of his fellow apostles to be convinced. “Unless I see the marks of the nails in his hands and put my finger into the nail marks and put my hand in his side, I will not believe”. It is true that Thomas faltered in faith. It is true that he doubted. But his was not a doubt of arrogance, but a search for understanding, a plea for help to believe. Because of this doubt he not only touched Jesus, but proclaimed him as the Lord and God of all humanity, and his testimony continues to echo in the hearts of every Christian as he/she kneels before the Eucharistic Lord. Thomas’ doubt became the starting point to reach the truth.
In the gospel of Matthew, Jesus says, “The kingdom of heaven is like a merchant in search of fine pearls.” Thomas found the joy of belonging to the kingdom because of his deep desire to know the truth, manifested in his courageous search for understanding. Inspired by him, may we too acknowledge the things we struggle to believe, and have to desire to search for that which will help strengthen our faith. Being absent, he heard. Hearing, he doubted. Doubting, he came. Coming, he touched. Touching, he believed, and believing, he served. May our journey lead us to the same end. May our doubts lead us to a strong faith.
Response: My soul is thirsting for God, the God of my life
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