Our gospel for today is John 20:19-31 and this is about the risen Jesus who appeared to His disciples for the first time. This is about the time when the doubtful finally see the truth. Thomas is the person who is very skeptical about this resurrection. Thomas never believed it because according to him, he will only believe if he sees Jesus again with his own eyes.
Gospel: John 20:19-31
19 In the evening of that same day, the first day of the week, the doors were closed in the room where the disciples were, for fear of the Jews. Jesus came and stood among them. He said to them, ‘Peace be with you,’
20 and, after saying this, he showed them his hands and his side. The disciples were filled with joy at seeing the Lord,
21 and he said to them again, ‘Peace be with you. ‘As the Father sent me, so am I sending you.’
22 After saying this he breathed on them and said: Receive the Holy Spirit.
23 If you forgive anyone’s sins, they are forgiven; if you retain anyone’s sins, they are retained.
24 Thomas, called the Twin, who was 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 he answered, ‘Unless I can see the holes that the nails made in his hands and can put my finger into the holes they made, and unless I can put my hand into his side, I refuse to believe.’
26 Eight days later the disciples were in the house again and Thomas was with them. The doors were closed, but Jesus came in and stood among them. ‘Peace be with you,’ he said.
27 Then he spoke to Thomas, ‘Put your finger here; look, here are my hands. Give me your hand; put it into my side. Do not be unbelieving any more but believe.’
28 Thomas replied, ‘My Lord and my God!’
29 Jesus said to him: You believe because you can see me. Blessed are those who have not seen and yet believe.
30 There were many other signs that Jesus worked in the sight of the disciples, but they are not recorded in this book.
31 These are recorded so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing this you may have life through his name.
In John 20:19-31, Thomas is the very symbol of each and every one of us. He is an ordinary person with all his fears and doubts. Jesus always tells us to believe and have faith in Him. As a person with doubts like Thomas, we can never find our own happiness and purpose here on earth. The only thing that will make us worthy while living here is the good deeds we do every day. We have to entrust everything to Jesus: our will, our wisdom and our lives. John 20:19-31 is about faith and hope for the thirst of seeing our savior.
The gospel is here to let us believe that Jesus is our only Messiah, the Son of God who will be the light of the world. Through believing in Him, we are save. All that is temporary will fade away someday, but our faith will put us to redemption.
Now, in this time of pandemic where all problems seem unending, we only have one pillar to lean on, that is Jesus. No matter how heavy our burdens at present may be, as long as you have Jesus, all is well. Let us try to take a moment of silence and try to reflect on how strong is our faith is today. Problems like this pandemic create other problems to everyone. If this will push through, people will suffer.
Let us take time to pray and ask Him for everything. “Lord, in these times of chaos and turmoil, You are only our refuge. Your people are weak and distress. Let your powers shine upon us all so that we may be enlighten and offer this sacrifice for the good. Touch the hearts and minds of our leaders to soften their hearts for their people who needs help. Make this world be happy again. Let your powers erase all the wars. These we pray with humble heart that you may hear us.” – Clea | Helpline PH