Gospel Jn 20:19-31
“These are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ …”
The story of the Resurrection is one which is at the heart of the Christian message – and for many it is a real roadblock on the way to faith.
In this Gospel reading we’re presented with the story of Thomas who is struggling with the idea of the resurrection, not having physically witnessed it himself. So often we read this questioning in a negative light, and we forget the great admonition of St Paul to ‘test everything, hold on to what is good’ [1Th 5:21].
For Thomas the seeming absurdity of the claims being made by the other Apostles of Christ’s resurrection had to be verified and Jesus was absolutely unafraid to provide Thomas with the opportunity to do just that.
It is particularly fitting that Jesus proved his resurrection to Thomas through the evidence of his wounds.
It is right here, in these wounds that we encounter Jesus. Commenting on this passage, Pope Francis wrote the "path to our encounter with Jesus-God are his wounds. There is no other.”
We might complain today that, unlike Thomas, we do not have the opportunity to feel these wounds which are imprinted on the flesh of Christ. How can I verify this claim of the resurrection today?
“We find Jesus’ wounds in carrying out works of mercy, giving to our body – the body – the soul too, but – I stress - the body of your wounded brother, because he is hungry, because he is thirsty, because he is naked because it is humiliated, because he is a slave, because he's in jail because he is in the hospital. Those are the wounds of Jesus today…
Let us ask St. Thomas for the grace to have the courage to enter into the wounds of Jesus with tenderness and thus we will