Second Sunday of Easter

512px-Brooklyn_Museum_-_The_Disbelief_of_Saint_Thomas_(Incredulité_de_Saint_Thomas)_-_James_TissotApril 3, 2016

Thomas answered and said to him, “My Lord and my God!” Jesus said to him, “Have you come to believe because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and have believed.” – Jn 20:28-29

Such beautiful words. Words that many of us say at Mass when we see the Body and Blood elevated.

My Lord and my God.

Surely a beautiful way to declare our faith, our belief, in something that seems so unbelievable to some.

A profession of faith.

And do we say these same words when we see Jesus’ presence in our lives? Do we pay attention? Do we stop dead in our tracks, and in front of others give witness to the living God?

My Lord and my God!

One of the things I love about Thomas is that he was not afraid to say he doubted. He was not afraid to say he needed proof. But in the end, he did not stick his hand in Jesus’ wounds. He saw Jesus standing before him and he knew, in his heart of hearts, who Jesus was.

And he was not afraid to say it.

My Lord and my God.

Dear Lord, help me to be aware of your presence in my everyday life and to help lead others to a deeper faith. And may I be bold enough to make my profession of faith in front of all. Amen.

 

The Disbelief of St. Thomas, image by James Tissot, (Public Domain)

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