A reading from the gospel of John 20:24-29
24 Thomas, called Didymus, one of the Twelve, was not with them when Jesus came.
25 So the other disciples said to him, “We have seen the Lord.” But Thomas said to them, “Unless I see the mark of the nails in his hands and put my finger into the nail marks and put my hand into his side, I will not believe.”
26 Now a week later his disciples were again inside and Thomas was with them. Jesus came, although the doors were locked, and stood in their midst and said, “Peace be with you.”
27 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.”
28 Thomas answered and said to him, “My Lord and my God!”
29 Jesus said to him, “Have you come to believe because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and have believed.”
Reflection: Do not doubt but believe
“To see is to believe” is a familiar refrain for many people. Proof of existence is needed to accept something as a fact. This is pragmatism at its best. We cannot just believe anything we hear, right? We need some sort of validation. Otherwise, gossip will easily destroy our sanity.
Yet, faith is anchored in what is unseen by the naked eye. We don’t actually believe in material things because they are already there. You can see and touch them. This is what sets us apart from atheists. We have faith in the unseen God.
For Jesus, trust is necessary. He already told His disciples many times before His crucifixion that He will rise from the dead on the third day. His words are truth. Why did Thomas ask for proof? He is just like many of us. To see is to believe. Instead of putting him in a bad light for his unbelief, we should thank him for bringing out in the open our own doubts. Because of him, Jesus uttered our assurance: Blessed are those who have not seen and have believed.
That is who Jesus is. In our time of doubt, he comes to say: Peace be with you! May we allow Him to be the Lord in all aspects of our life.