April 15, 2007

My Lord and My God!

On the evening of that day, the first day of the week, the doors being shut where the disciples were, for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said to them, "Peace be with you."
When he had said this, he showed them his hands and his side. Then the disciples were glad when they saw the Lord.
Jesus said to them again, "Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, even so I send you."
And when he had said this, he breathed on them, and said to them, "Receive the Holy Spirit.
If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained." Now Thomas, one of the twelve, called the Twin, was not with them when Jesus came.
So the other disciples told him, "We have seen the Lord." But he said to them, "Unless I see in his hands the print of the nails, and place my finger in the mark of the nails, and place my hand in his side, I will not believe."
Eight days later, his disciples were again in the house, and Thomas was with them. The doors were shut, but Jesus came and stood among them, and said, "Peace be with you."
Then he said to Thomas, "Put your finger here, and see my hands; and put out your hand, and place it in my side; do not be faithless, but believing."
Thomas answered him, "My Lord and my God!"
Jesus said to him, "Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet believe." Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of the disciples, which are not written in this book;
but these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing you may have life in his name.

--John 20: 19 - 31

Today's Gospel reading is my second favorite passage in all of Scripture. My favorite being the Last Gospel in John 1: 1-18.

I identify very strongly with St. Thomas the Apostle. I, frequently, doubt if I can not see it. Yet, our very Faith requires all of us to believe what we have not actually seen.

St. Thomas' simple, yet, profound, exclamation: "My Lord and My God" is something I say, silently, during every elevation at Holy Mass. I see the Lord right before me and I praise Him.

In this passage, we see, too, Jesus giving the Apostles the authority to forgive sin. A fine example of His Divine Mercy. Before He went home to His Father, he left us with the hope of forgiveness for our sins.

Give Thanks to the Lord for He is Good! His Mercy Endures Forever.


Blogger Ray from MN said...

I also find Thomas' statement, "My Lord and My God" tp be extremely powerful and moving.

I would think it is also the most explicit statement about the Divinity of Jesus to be found in the Bible.

We geezers have a special fondness for the Last Gospel of St John because "in the olden days" all Masses ended with it.

I didn't really understand it at the time, but other than the words of the Consecration, even then as a child I believed it to be the most important statement of the Mass. (None of it, of course, is unimportant)!

Why it got deleted from the N.O. Mass is a story yet to be be written, I suppose.

Being that today is Divine Mercy Sunday, we reverts feel a special need to get to Mass today and apply for the Plenary Indulgence.

So get thee hence!

April 15, 2007 8:34 AM  
Blogger onionboy said...

I've always loved Thomas, whose additional name was never Doubting but Twin. I love how Jesus responds to Thomas and ever rewards his quest for truth with a very visual Truth. I've never seen it the way so many people do, Jesus reprimanding a disciple who lacked faith. We all believe and Lord, help our unbelief.

A massive Sunday topped off by a Divine Mercy Mass at 3pm (which I just came home from). It's Easter. Amen.


April 15, 2007 4:45 PM  
Blogger Cathy_of_Alex said...

Amen, indeed, onionboy.

April 15, 2007 6:47 PM  

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