July 3rd, 2003
Tom Schloemer, S.J.
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|St. Thomas the Apostle
Psalm 117:1, 2
I am delighted to reflect on today’s feast of St. Thomas, the
Apostle. I have chosen him as my patron saint because I can easily
identify with his struggle to understand.
Thomas has two “speaking parts” in John’s Gospel. The first is during
the Final Discourse (John 14:5) when Thomas has the gumption to indicate
his lack of understanding of the “way” of which Jesus was speaking, a lack
of understanding probably shared by the entire group.
Today’s passage records the dramatic proclamation of faith by Thomas. Why
did Thomas doubt the eyewitness account of his fellow Apostles? Perhaps
he was still struggling with his expectations of a political and military
messianic figure. Perhaps he was in a snit about being left out of
the disciples’ unrestrained joy of the previous week.
Thomas saw and touched Jesus. What is seen gives knowledge and may/may
not lead to faith. Thomas was now seeing Jesus differently. There
was the realization that he was in the presence of the divine. Thomas
was seeing with the eyes of faith.
What about us who have not seen but have believed? What is the basis
of our belief? It may be all those “coincidences,” the right word,
the right action at the right time. It may be all those difficult situations
that we approach confidently because of the almost tangible feeling of divine
accompaniment. It may be the feeling of peace when we stop struggling
and let go and allow whatever to happen.
All of the above may not be measurable nor easily explainable. All
of the above and much more are bases for our realization of the presence
and working of God in our lives. Thus we too are able to see with the
eyes of faith.
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