3 July, 2017: Feast of St. Thomas, Apostle

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Desire to See Jesus

Reading 1: Eph. 2. 19-22; Gospel: Jn. 20.24-29

The gospel of today, draws our attention to St. Thomas the apostle of Christ. St. Thomas failed to believe his fellow disciples. The reasons could be interpreted in two ways; that he did not trust his friends, and on the other hand he had the ardent desire to see the Lord, face to face after the resurrection, which led him to doubt his friends. His lack of trust in his fellow disciples does not mean that his faith was shallow. His ardent desire to see Jesus compelled him to make that statement (unless I see…..). Of course it is a doubt, but arose from his faith in Christ. The gospel doesn’t focus on his doubt but his faith in the Lord. The gospel of St. John expresses thrice, St. Thomas’ desire to see Jesus.

1)      Let us also go, that we may die with him (Jn 11:16).

2)      Lord we do not know where you are going, how can we know the way (Jn 14:5).

3)      My Lord and my God (Jn 20:29).

Thus it is an exhortation for all of us that as we celebrate the feast of St. Thomas to we may keep our faith alive even in moments of doubts and uncertainties.

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