Daily Reflection

From a Creighton Student's Perspective

July 3, 2012

Matthew Eusterman

4th Year Dental Student

Eph 2:19-22
Ps 117:1bc, 2
John 20:24-29

“Jesus came, although the doors were locked.” -John 20:26

It was my sophomore year in high school.  My weeks were filled with daily soccer practice, never-ending studies, and any free time was irrevocably devoted to maintaining my social life.  When Sunday arrived, my first priority was sleeping in and my close second was eating two bowls of cereal.  As for church, I went with my family to the Sunday evening teen Mass.  To summarize my interest level concerning matters of faith, I quote the words my priest specifically addressed to me and my friend, sitting in the pew, during his homily, “will you please stop talking!”  In short, my doors were locked to God, both in my preferred environment and my interior choices; yet, Jesus still came.

Today’s Gospel invites us bask in the glory of Jesus’ resurrection through the eye witness account of his Apostles and specifically St. Thomas.  More popularly known as the “Story of Doubting Thomas,” this golden morsel of the Gospel reveals God’s radical love and overwhelming desire for our faith.  Even though the apostles had encountered the resurrected Christ merely a week earlier, they find themselves still hiding behind closed doors, afraid of the possible persecutions that lurked on the other side.  More personally, the apostle Thomas confessed his unbelief and had locked his faith deep into the confines of his broken heart.  Their fear, their heartache, their unbelief does not keep Jesus away.  “Jesus came, although the doors were locked.”

It is utterly astounding the depth of love that our God has for us.  So many times have I been just like St. Thomas – confused, proud, hurt, disbelieving – and our God, in his infinite goodness, has broken through to let me know that I am his son.  This is grace.  We can be consistently hardened and he is constantly faithful to us.  It doesn’t matter what kind of locked doors we have bolted shut; Jesus in his glory stands before us saying, “do not be unbelieving, but believe.” (Jn 20:27)  What ought our response be to this gift of grace?  St. Thomas had it right; “My Lord and my God!” (Jn 20:28)  We confess Jesus as God, attesting all power and might to him alone. 

Give thanks to the Lord for he is good, his mercy endures forever.  Amen, I believe.

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