Posted by: livingscripture | April 12, 2015

Second Sunday of Easter

From the Word of the Day

 “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”.”        (John 20: 26-29)                                                                     

 

How should we live this WordThomas

The protagonist of this Sunday of the Easter Octave is Thomas, the unbeliever.  Let us pause on the blessedness Jesus ends with in this gathering with His Apostle.  The ‘blessedness’, the only one in John’s Gospel, isn’t being said by Jesus only to Thomas any more but to all those who will believe in Him in the future, and therefore to us as well.  This is central to Jesus’ encounter with Thomas and constitutes the point of passage from vision to witness and opens onto the time of the Church, onto our time.  Now the true believers are those who overcome every doubt and every pretext of seeing directly, and accept the valid testimony of those who have seen Him.

At the time of Jesus, vision and faith were joined, but now in the time of the Church, we can no longer pretend to have direct vision.  The witness of the Apostles is enough.  Vision will now be indirect, that is, accessible only through the mirror of the Word.  Thus, listening is an obligatory passage and cannot be eliminated.  Only by listening to the Krygma can we have access to true faith.  There is no faith without the mediation of the Church or believing without belonging to the Community.

Thomas reminds us of something basic.  Jesus is not a ghost, a fable, nor a projection of my desires.  There is a hole in His hands and the wound of a lance in His side, where a hand can fit.  We should thank Thomas because he needed to know that Jesus was not a ghost.  Our hands are in the hand of Thomas, we who believe without having touched Jesus but because Thomas touched Him for all of us!

In my pause for silent contemplation, I will ponder that faith comes from hands that have touched the heart.  The way to believe Thomas is not in seeking some sign of power, but simply in the wounds, the glorious image of the greatest Love.

My Lord and my God!

The Voice of A. Louf, Trappist Monk

Without His wounds, Thomas would never have recognized Jesus.  At first, the wounds cruelly disfigured the body of Jesus.  Now instead, they adorn His Body.  They no longer shed blood, but as the ancient iconographers and artists had seen them, they radiate light.  The wounds of love on the Body of the Risen One are reborn in flames of light.

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