Some things — like telling time or tying your shoes — you learn once, but we know Jesus Christ gradually, day by day. Human and divine, he makes himself known to us as he promises and as we are ready to receive him.
That’s why Thomas, the apostle, whose feast is today, is such an important figure. Far from being a lonely skeptic, an isolated dissenter, he represents the slowness of heart and mind, the recurrent skepticism, that affects us all.
Yet, Thomas is a sign of hope. He reminds us that the Risen Jesus offers, even to the most unconvinced, the power to believe.
the Thomas in us all
needs the wounds in your hands and side,
to call us to believe
you are our Lord and God.
Risen, present everywhere,
bless those who have not seen,
blind with doubts
or weakened faith, or no faith at all.
Bless us, Lord,
from your wounded hands and side,
strengthen our faith
to believe in you.