No Barriers

July 3, 2017 – Feast of Saint Thomas, Apostle

You believe in me, Thomas, because you have seen me, says the Lord; blessed are those who have not seen, but still believe! Alleluia!

Mark J. Poletunow, Malvern President (mpoletunow@malvernretreat.com)

Click for: Readings for the day (From the United States Catholic Conference of Bishops)

A reading from the Gospel according to John (20:24-29)

Thomas, called Didymus, one of the Twelve,
was not with them when Jesus came.
So the other disciples said to him, “We have seen the Lord.”
But Thomas said to them,
“Unless I see the mark of the nails in his hands
and put my finger into the nail marks
and put my hand into his side, I will not believe.”

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.”
Reflect: 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.
Jesus doesn’t put up barriers. He makes himself accessible. In the gospel today, Jesus invites Thomas to probe his sacred body. Why? So that his doubt would be eliminated. Jesus met Thomas where he was. He meets us where we are.  Our doubt or fear can be the barrier, but Jesus smashes those bonds. He wants to heal our brokenness with his own victorious wounds. He is constantly trying to break into our hard hearts so that we can experience the joy and peace that comes only from him. He is our Lord and Savior – to whom else can we go?

Questions: How is doubt, fear or hurt interfering with my relationship with Jesus?  Can I accept that Jesus wants me to probe his wounds so that I can be set free to know him and his love for me? How is Jesus inviting me to be a disciple who welcomes and invites others to know him?

Pray: Loving God, thank you for the gift of Saint Thomas and all of your apostles who spread the faith. Give me your reassurance that you never reject me, but rather remove all barriers so that I can encounter you at every moment of every day. Help me to be your witness in the world. I pray this in the powerful and perfect name of Jesus. Amen.

Saint Thomas: Pray for us!

Bring your hand and feel the place of the nails, and do not be unbelieving but believing!                                      

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