by Sister Carolyn Zahringer
The setting for today's Gospel is the evening of the first day of the week when the disciples (though not all) were together in a locked room. Jesus has been put to death. Why isn't Thomas with them? Do you wonder what he was doing? What was he thinking? Whatever pushed him to be out "searching" in the darkness of evening for "something"?
Jesus enters the locked room and stands in their midst. He didn't knock to get their attention, he merely appears. What would that have felt like to be there that evening? Jesus comes and stands in the circle of their fear and wishes them peace.
Today is the second Sunday for us to celebrate the "EASTER" event, we practice becoming brave to move out from behind our own locked doors to celebrate the fact that Jesus is ALIVE! We are surrounded by the love and mercy of God in the person and gift of Jesus. Through Jesus' wounds we are healed and made whole -- a miracle in time.
Jesus comes to visit us in our "Thomas" moments of questioning and searching. In each Eucharistic moment, may we find the courage and grace to utter with Thomas: "My Lord and My God."
Very nice reflection Sr. Carolyn. I was at times noted as the " Doubting Thomas"
Fr. Roc O'Connor spoke to us in a recent sermon about St. Thomas. He said Thomas was regarded favorably by Christ because he was a questioner, a searcher; one who really wanted to find the core of the situation. Yes, Thomas doubted - but for a reason.
I wonder too, "Where's Thomas?" Thanks you for the reflective thoughts.
where was Thomas?
Thank you for the reflection, Sister. I think we can all identify with Thomas at times, I know I certainly can.
Thanks, Carrie. I find myself praying for a brave and bold heart for the ongoing journey. Your reflection was a reminder of my daily prayer.