for Sunday, April 15, 2012
Always we can enjoy the Sunday of Thomas! Thomas is so stubborn! He will
not believe unless he himself has a personal experience. The miracle is
that Jesus gives him that personal experience. It pays to be stubborn. At
least some times.
We find ourselves with closed hearts from time to time. It is not easy to
believe all that the Gospels and the Church tells us. Sometimes we long
for some personal contact with a living God that will convince us. We
should not be ashamed of this at all. It is part of the faith journey for
some of us.
Just as we know that the first reading from the Acts of the Apostles tells
us only a bit about the days of idealism in the early Christian community,
so also we know from trying to deepen our own faith that the ideal is one
thing and reality quite often something else.
Just as there is no perfect Christian community, neither is there a
perfect way of believing. We find ourselves on the journey of faith, often
a bit unsure of where it will take us. Perhaps as we mature, we have a
better idea of the road. We just don't always mature very fast.
The First Letter of John tells us that everyone who believes that Jesus is
the Christ is begotten by God. Jesus is the Anointed One. Jesus is the
Savior. Jesus is the fulfillment of the prophecies of the Old Testament.
These are all ways of our expressing that Jesus is the Christ. Sometimes
it is fairly easy to believe all of that and at other times, it is a
challenge. Faith can become a road to which we are accustomed. When we
are young, we can become a bit anxious because doubts in our hearts and
minds. As we mature, often we take such doubts as part of our journey and
know that in time, they settle down.
The Scriptures today assure us that there can be an ideal, even if it does
not last. The Scriptures also show us that aggressive questioning of
belief such as we find in Thomas is also a way of walking the journey of
We want to have life in the name of Christ. The way forward is simply to
continue striving to live our faith, no matter how many questions we have
or how unlikely our faith may seem. We can pray with Thomas: My Lord and
my God! We can add: help us believe that completely.
Christ is risen! May Christ illumine us.
Readings of the day:
First Reading: Acts 4.32-35
Second Reading: 1 John 5.1-6
Gospel: John 20.19-31
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