Saint Thomas of Canterbury, Bolton

Stay with us, Lord, on our journey

Cycle B

Second Sunday of Easter

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John 20:19-31

"My Lord and my God"

We might well give thanks for "Doubting" Thomas who refused to believe that Jesus is risen until he could see for himself. His scepticism touches the sceptic in us and helps us to share more readily in his profession of faith. By his very hesitation Thomas earned for us a blessing from the Lord, "happy are those who have not seen and yet believed". But still, there are many like Thomas who would really like to see some evidence for themselves. He saw the wounds of Jesus with his own eyes and touched them with his own hand.

But even Thomas then went beyond sight and touch. Here was the same Jesus who died on the cross, truly the same, yet different! For Thomas as for the other disciples, it was the experience of a new, living, real, transformed and personal presence of Jesus. In the light of this experience he now saw with faith; he believed with all his heart and mind, and with deep conviction confessed Jesus to be "My Lord and my God".

The risen Lord showed his disciples his wounds, the marks of his love, so that they might believe and bring to others the blessings of faith in him. He then sent them to spread his work of salvation in the world. Now he sends us. But what about those we meet today who want to see for themselves before they can believe? What have we to show them? Today Jesus does not point to the marks of his love shown in his physical body. He points rather to the marks of his love in the lives of the people who make up his Body the Church. It is in the love that Christians have for one another, in the acceptance and sharing of his peace, in the growth of fellowship that overcomes worldly differences, that the risen Christ will be seen today and recognised as 'our Lord and our God'.