JOHN 20: 24-29 GOSPEL READING AND REFLECTION (July 3, 2020)

Thomas, the twin, one of the twelve, was not with them hen Jesus came. The other disciples told him, “We have seen the Lord.”

But he replied, “Until I have seen in his hands the print of the nails, and put my finger in the mark of the nails and my hand on his side, I will not believe.”

Eight days later, the disciples were again inside the house and Thomas was with them. Although the doors were locked, Jesus came and stood in their midst and said, “Peace be with you!”

Then He said to Thomas, “Put your finger here, and see my hands; Stretch our hand, and put is into my side. Do not continue in your disbelief, but believe!”

Thomas said, “You are my Lord and my God.” Jesus replied, “You believe because you see me, don’t you? Happy are those who have not seen and yet have come to believe.”

POINTS OF REFLECTION

Oftentimes tragedies of life, may corrupt man’s faith and create some doubts which hope for some evidences under man’s naked senses. Thomas was gravely affected by Jesus crucifixion. The object of his hope was Jesus yet was taken from them in a shameful death in the cross. Try to figure out Thomas frustration during those times. If we were fortunate to be in his place, what do you think our feelings would be?  Wouldn’t   be the same as that of Thomas or even worst?

So much trouble would likely broke spirit probably the reason why Thomas has acted in the way describe in the Bible reading. Jesus appearance in a close room prayer meeting was not about proving Thomas that He was really that powerful; instead He purposely appeared to save Thomas from his trouble and dilemma. Notice Jesus greetings to them as he said “Peace be with you”, meaning His disciples were not in peace but only attain peace with His presence.

The faltering faith of Thomas was fixed in that instant as he responded “My Lord and my God.” Tell you brothers and sisters, Thomas faith was restored and moved tremendously into the works of proclaiming God’s words more than anyone had done during those times.

Several times in our lives we become like Thomas as he doubted God’s resurrection. But could we be like Thomas in works of proclaiming God’s words? It is our prayer that while we may be like Thomas in disbelief, we may be like him also in his pursuit and dedication to serve God by doing His will until the rest of this life. And in the final note, always remember what Jesus said “Happy are those who have not seen and yet have come to believe.” While the opportunity of seeing Jesus is beyond possibility, a believing heart is an object of man happiness in the Lord. Doubt no more, go in peace with a happy heart.

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