My Lord and my God

The Gospel stories of the days after the Resurrection of Jesus show his disciples moving gradually from fear to joy. After the horror of the Crucifixion, the disciples had fearfully locked themselves in a room when the risen Christ appeared to them. They might have expected reproach or blame from Jesus; after all, they abandoned him at the worst moment. But instead, Jesus’ greeting to them is ‘Peace be with you.’ He has come back from the dead to forgive, not to condemn. He gives his disciples a mission; to go out into the world and forgive sins by the power of the Holy Spirit.

Thomas was not there when Jesus appeared to the other disciples, and understandably he refused to believe the story. The dead do not come back to life. Only when he had seen the risen Jesus for himself could Thomas make his act of faith: ‘My Lord and my God.’

Jesus tells Thomas, ‘Happy are those who have not seen and yet believe.’ He was speaking about us, the disciples who believe in him because of the witness of the Bible and the Church. By our faith in Jesus, we have life through his name.

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