FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD
Second Sunday of Easter, April 8, 2018
DIVINE MERCY SUNDAY!
WORD of the DAY
Now a week later his disciples were again inside, and Thomas was with them. Jesus came, although the doors were locked, and stood in their midst and said, “Peace be with you.” Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here and see my hands, and bring your hand and put it into my side, and do not be unbelieving, but believe.” Thomas answered and said to him, “My Lord and my God!” Jesus said to him, “Have you come to believe because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and have believed. (John 20: 26-29)
How shall I live this Word?
The protagonist of today’s Gospel is the ‘incredulous’ Thomas. Jesus concludes this closeness to His apostles with a beatitude, the only one in John’s Gospel, and that now is not only addressed to Thomas, but to all future believers in Him, thus to all of us. This is the central point of the encounter with Thomas and is the point of passage from vision to witness that opens the time of the Church and our time. Now, the true believers are those who overcome all doubts and demands to directly see, and accept the testimony of those who have seen.
When Jesus was on earth, vision and faith were together, but now, in the time of the Church, direct vision can no longer be demanded. The testimony of the Apostles is enough. Now, every vision will be indirect, that is, only accessible through the mirror of the Word. From now on, listening will be the new obligatory passage. Only by listening to the Kerygma can we access true faith. There is no faith without the mediation of the Church or believing without belonging to the Community.
This account of Thomas’ reaction recalls something fundamental: Jesus is not a ghost, a fable, or a projection of my desires. There are wounds in His hands and feet and a gash in His side from a lance, where a hand can fit in. And in Thomas’ hand, there are all of our hands. We believe without seeing or touching because Thomas touched Him for all of us!
It is a faith of hands that have traversed the heart. The way for Thomas to believe was not in the search for some powerful sign, but simply the wounds, glorious images of the greatest Love.
I will repeat with Thomas today: My Lord and My God!
The voice of Andre Louf, Trappist Monk
Without His wounds, Jesus would never have been recognized by Thomas. First the wounds cruelly disfigure Jesus’ body. Now they adorn His body. They no longer bleed, but rather radiate light. Love’s wounds on the Body of the Risen One are reborn as flames of light.
Institute of Daughters of Mary Help of Christians, Via dell’Ateneo Salesiano 81, 00139 Rome, Italy
Comment by Fr. Ferdinando Bergamelli SDB