Meditation for the Day (Feast of Saint Thomas, Apostle)

Feast of Saint Thomas, Apostle, July 3

As Members of the Household of God, May We Always Have Faith, Trusting in Jesus’ Life-giving Word, Who Will Always Assist Us and Give Us the Strength We Need in Our Journey Through Life.

“Jesus said to [Thomas], ‘Have you come to believe because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and have believed.’

I think it is a fair statement that all of us, at one time or another, have had doubts about our faith. And having doubts is nothing to be ashamed of, for it is a natural part of our growing process in understanding the truths taught to us.

The Church teaches us that faith is a supernatural virtue, a gift freely given by God. Believing, in itself, is an authentically human act, but it is only possible by grace and the interior assistance given to us through the indwelling of the Holy Spirit.

And yet, many have seen the confusion created in the minds of those whose hearts were not fully opened to God’s gift as a result of the Gospel of James, one of the apocryphal gospels never admitted into the Canon of Books which comprise our current Bible, or the movie titled “The DaVinci Code” and anything else that the liberal media or Hollywood attempts to throw against the basic tenets of Christianity, confusing and misleading those who are weak of faith.

Such confusion only serves to fuel the doubts which lie in the hearts and minds of those who are still struggling with the basic truths which our Church teaches.

Today, we celebrate the Feastday of Saint Thomas, who sadly has been branded with the moniker or the nickname – the “doubting Thomas”. I admire Thomas. I truly do! Like Peter, he is so very much human! Like Peter, he represents to us the imperfections that we oftentimes find within ourselves, within our own frail human nature.

Thomas was one of the original Twelve disciples, who later became known as Apostles. Thomas ate with Jesus, walked with Him, listened to His every word. But in the weakness of Thomas’ human nature, not unlike our own, he was still full of questions, unsure of his faith as to whom Jesus was.

The faith we find within Thomas is not unlike our own, a faith which needs to be fed and strengthened, a faith which needs to be nourished and cultivated – all which can only come through God’s grace, all which can only come when we approach our Lord with an authentically opened heart, reaching out for guidance, reaching out for an understanding of His Truth, as we travel through this valley of tears.

When Thomas replied to the statement made by the other disciples with the words, “Unless I see the mark of the nails in his hands and put my finger into the nailmarks and put my hand into his side, I will not believe”, he was voicing those moments in our lives when we voice our own doubts about “why there is so much evil and suffering in the world”, our own questions about “why God allows bad things to happen to good people”, and so many other “why’s” which we carry within our hearts.

Oh, we can answer most of these questions pastorally or philosophically, maybe even theologically; but we still hunger for more. We hunger for a deeper understanding as to the many “whys” within our own life’s experiences.

Do we need to reach out and touch the miraculous in order to believe, like Thomas needed for his own reassurances? The Catechism teaches us that God, in creating man in His own image, has imprinted upon man’s heart the desire to see God and to know Him.

Even though this desire to physically see God as we see each other, for most people, may never be fulfilled in our lifetime – on this side of the eternal – God never ceases to draw us to Himself, for it is only in God where we find the fullness of Truth and happiness; it is only in God where we come to know the One who loves each of us beyond all human understanding.

Thomas once asked Jesus the question, “…how can we know the way?”

Both you and I can find within Thomas’s words a sense of our own doubts and insecurities, a sense of our own emptiness at times, a sense of our own sadness – especially when life takes a turn in a direction which creates feelings of anxiety or apprehension –

– maybe due to the emotional trauma of a separation or divorce, maybe due to the tragic loss of a loved one, or maybe due to some other occurrence which has impacted our lives to the point where we need to sit down and reflect upon what has just happened and how we are to deal with the reality which is affecting us.

In the midst of our own human sufferings and loneliness in which we may find ourselves at times, there stands Jesus next to us, answering a questioning and sometimes bewildered humanity, as we reach out in search of answers and guidance which will fill us with understanding and hope.

And in the process of our yearning for this deeper understanding, our Lord openly welcomes us as His faithful children, for we “are no longer strangers and sojourners” but “fellow citizens with the holy ones and members of the household of God”, as Paul teaches us in our First Reading.

As members of His household, may we always have faith, trusting in Jesus’ life-giving word, who will always assist us and give us the strength we need in our journey through life.

And with a renewed spirit of trust and confidence in God’s never-ending Love for you and me, may each of us respond in faith, echoing the words of Saint Thomas himself –

“My Lord and my God!” For it is then that we will hear our Lord’s words comforting our heart mind and soul, “I am the way and the truth and the life.”

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Please Comment, Like and Share, and Suggest to your Facebook friends – to spread the message of God’s Merciful Love.

Por favor Comente, Le Gusta y Comparta, y Sugiera a tus amigos en Facebook – en difundir el mensaje del Misericordioso Amor de Dios.

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Scripture for the Day

  • “But [Thomas] said to them, “Unless I see the mark of the nails in his hands and put my finger into the nailmarks and put my hand into his side, I will not believe.” (John 20:25b)
  • “Then [Jesus] 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!’” (John 20:27-28)
  • “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 20:29)
  • “…you are no longer strangers and sojourners, but you are fellow citizens with the holy ones and members of the household of God.” (Ephesians 2:19)
  • “See what love the Father has bestowed on us that we may be called the children of God. Yet so we are.” (1 John 3:1ab)
  • “Blessed is the man who sets his trust in the LORD…” (Psalm 40:5a)
  • “I have the strength for everything through him who empowers me.” (Philippians 4:13)
  • “Faith is the realization of what is hoped for and evidence of things not seen…without faith, it is impossible to please [God], for anyone who approaches God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him.” (Hebrews 11:1, 6)
  • “For through faith you are all children of God in Christ Jesus. For all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ.” (Galatians 3:26-27)
  • “Jesus said…“I am the way and the truth and the life.” (John 14:6a)

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Prayer for the Day

“O Christ Jesus, when all is darkness

and we feel our weakness and helplessness,

give us the sense of Your Presence,

Your Love, and Your Strength.

“Help us to have perfect trust

in Your protecting Love and strengthening Power,

so that nothing may frighten or worry us;

for, living close to You, we shall see Your hand,

Your purpose, Your will through all things.”

Saint Ignatius of Loyola

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