With today being the Feast of Saint Thomas, the Apostle, we read from the Gospel of John, regarding Jesus’ appearance to the Apostles, post His resurrection. It is Easter Sunday evening, and the Apostles tell Thomas, (who had not been present) that Jesus appeared to them. Thomas tells them in oh, so many words, “you’re nuts.” He refuses to believe their audacious comment. Fast forward one week later, when all the Apostles were present behind locked doors, and Jesus appears to them.
I find this Gospel passage quite revealing of God’s omnipresence. One week earlier, when Saint Thomas heard the audacious comments from his fellow Apostles, he responded to them, “Unless I see the mark of the nails in his hands and put my finger into his side, I will not believe” (John 20:25). When Saint Thomas made this comment, Jesus was not physically present. There had been no interaction between the Apostles and Jesus since Easter Sunday night, for any of the other Apostles to inform Jesus of what Saint Thomas said. So, when Jesus appears one week later, He says 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” (John 20:27). I find this proof-positive of God’s omnipresence. Even though we cannot physically see him, He is with us. He was there with Saint Thomas when he made that comment. He is with us today.
Saint Thomas Comes to Believe
When Saint Thomas saw the resurrected Jesus, he responded “My Lord and my God” (John 20:28). However, Jesus responded to Saint Thomas with a question. Jesus asks, “Have you come to believe because you have seen me” (John 20:29)?
Believing and Loving God
How can we believe and love God, when we can’t see or touch Him? We see God’s love in those around us, in those with whom we form relationships. God’s work is evident in all of creation, from the smallest seed to the largest mountain. We know God through His Divine Revelation contained in Sacred Scripture and Sacred Tradition. We are naturally drawn to what is good, and God is the Supreme Good. If you have not yet come to believe, then choose to believe and ask God for faith. Jesus says it best at the close of this Gospel passage, “Blessed are those who have not seen and have believed” (John 20:29). Remember, He is always with you, and can hear and see everything. He can read your heart as well. Just ask God to believe! He will answer with a resounding YES!
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