Weekend Reflections for 4/26/19
In Sunday’s Gospel we hear of Jesus’ appearance to his apostles in the locked room. They were hiding there from those who had crucified Jesus. For some reason Thomas wasn’t there. When he returned, the others told him about Jesus’ visit but Thomas refuses to believe that Jesus is alive. He puts down specific conditions for his belief: “Unless I see the mark of the nails in his hands and put my finger into the nailmarks and put my hand into his side, I will not believe.” His doubt got him a personal appearance from Jesus; he came back for him and for us. He offers Thomas his hands and side and says Go ahead and fulfill your conditions. The text doesn’t say whether Thomas put his finger and hand into Jesus’ wounds but I don’t think he did. He didn’t have to. This was Jesus treating Thomas the way he always had, putting himself at Thomas’ disposal. His mind, heart and soul knew it was the living Jesus and he professed, “My Lord and my God!”
The Risen Lord deals with us in the same way, calling us to belief in his loving power and presence in our lives. May we join Thomas in our profession of faith.
Fr. Ralph Huse, S.J.