Have you ever seen a t-shirt that says something like, “Soccer is life” or “Basketball is life” or maybe “Dancing is life”? Maybe you even have one yourself? Usually, the person wearing it doesn’t really believe basketball or soccer is the most important thing in the world, but still, it means a whole lot to him or her!
After our Lord rose from the dead, He showed this Good News to many people. Today, in the Gospel, we hear about how He showed Himself to most of His disciples, and later to Thomas too. The Gospel tells us, “Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of the disciples…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.” The Gospel tells us, that’s why Jesus came here! That’s why He died and rose from the
dead. So that we may have life in His name! The Resurrection is life! Jesus came to earth to give us life!
SAINT THOMAS: A MAN OF REAL FAITH
Did you hear the Gospel today? Today, we hear the story about Jesus’s disciple
and friend, Thomas. We hear how he missed out on seeing the Lord, after He had risen from the dead. We hear how Thomas just couldn’t believe this news. Then, we hear how Jesus gave Thomas a second chance, and He invited Thomas to touch Him and believe that He had really risen from the dead! Then Thomas believed. “My Lord and my God!” he cried.
Sometimes people blame St. Thomas for not having enough faith. But isn’t St. Thomas really like us sometimes? Sometimes we forget all the wonderful things that God has done for us, and we forget to thank Him! Sometimes we forget all the miracles God has done, and we forget to pray to Him! Sometimes our faith starts out like St. Thomas’s faith.
We celebrate the Apostle Thomas today, the Sunday after Easter, and October 6th.