Church of St Francis of Assisi

Church Bulletin 20 April 2014

Weekly Reflection

Thomas replied, "My Lord and my God!"

John 20:19-31

In this week's Gospel, we read the story of doubting Thomas. He was not with the disciples when Jesus appeared to them. When the disciples shared that they saw Jesus, Thomas displayed the classic unbeliever's stance, "Unless I see the holes that the nails made in his hands and can put my finger into the holes they made, and unless I can put my hand into his side, I refuse to believe." 8 days later, Jesus appeared to the disciples, including Thomas, and he was convinced that Jesus is the truly Christos (the Anointed One).

"My Lord and my God!" In this very simple and short statement, Thomas proclaimed the clearest and simplest confession of the divinity of Christ. Jesus accepted this worship without hesitation because it's rightfully his. Thomas cast his doubts aside and embraced Jesus as God. His change was dynamic and immediate. St Thomas the Twin, patron saint of the blind, craftsmen, theologians and geometricians, eventually evangelized in India and was martyred.

Faith in God is dynamic - it can either digress or progress. While the other disciples had moved on to another stage of their faith after seeing the resurrected Christ in the first encounter, Thomas was unable to. He was still caught up in his own sorrows. It required an encounter with Jesus to change his opinion. To progress in our faith, we require a personal encounter with Jesus everyday - in our prayer life, our thoughts and our words.