Seeing Through the Eyes of Faith

First Reading: 1 Eph 2:19-22

Psalm: 117:1bc, 2

Gospel: Jn 20:24-29

It’s easy to be skeptical when the evidence is unavailable. If we weren’t there to witness an extraordinary event, how can we find out what really happened? We can in some way then relate to Thomas’ situation. He wasn’t around when Jesus appeared to the Apostles the first time, so he refused to fully believe.

There’s no grave fault for doubting. We shouldn’t be asked to believe anything anyone tells us. When someone testifies to a miracle, it’s usually wise to be circumspect. We would like to confirm with our own two eyes before we make the decision to believe.

Thomas finally believed because he saw Jesus. Our faith would no doubt have jumped if we were in Thomas’ shoes. We would no doubt have the same joyful reaction. We all would exclaim like St. Thomas that we have indeed been fortunate to be in the presence of “My Lord and My God.”

Jesus calls us to believe as St. Thomas did. We are the ones whom Jesus cites: the ones who weren’t fortunate enough to see Jesus, but yet, believe.

  • Max Effort

    But we are all in the presence of “My Lord and My God” when we are in the presence of the Holy Eucharist.  Do we experience the same joy that Thomas felt?  Or has the Eucharist become commonplace?  How many treat the Eucharistic feast as just another ritual?