Gospel – 7/3/20 – John 20:24-29
Thomas, called Didymus, one of the Twelve,
was not with them when Jesus came.
So the other disciples said to him, “We have seen the Lord.”
But Thomas said to them,
“Unless I see the mark of the nails in his hands
and put my finger into the nail-marks
and put my hand into his side, I will not believe.”
Now a week later his disciples were again inside
and Thomas was with them.
Jesus came, although the doors were locked,
and stood in their midst and said, “Peace be with you.”
Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here and see my hands,
and bring your hand and put it into my side,
and do not be unbelieving, but believe.”
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.”
Another example of how much we’re like the Apostles.
Today is the feast day of St Thomas. While Thomas gets beaten up so badly, he is every man – he is us.
He was trying to get a handle on what was happening and it would help if he had something to look at. He just knew he saw Jesus nailed to the cross. He saw him taken down and laid in a tomb. He just knew Jesus had died. How could he be alive and appearing to the Apostles.
So, he says to show me. Jesus does that.
Are we so different than Thomas? Do we not also need proof.
At least that’s what I heard Him say…