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John 20:24-29

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But Thomas (who was called the Twin), one of the twelve, was not with them when Jesus came. So the other disciples told him, "We have seen the Lord." But he said to them, "Unless I see the mark of the nails in his hands, and put my finger in the mark of the nails and my hand in his side, I will not believe." A week later his disciples were again in the house, and Thomas was with them. Although the doors were shut, Jesus came and stood among them and said, "Peace be with you." Then he said to Thomas, "Put your finger here and see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it in my side. Do not doubt but believe." Thomas answered him, "My Lord and my God!" Jesus said to him, "Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have come to believe."

John 20:24-29
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    • We might well be grateful to Thomas for expressing and representing some of our own doubts. Even though Jesus rebukes Thomas for his lack of faith, he does not dismiss him. In fact, the encounter becomes an occasion for a profound and personal profession of faith by Thomas: ‘My Lord and my God!’ So too Jesus brings something good from my doubts.
    • ‘Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have come to believe.’ To what extent do I appreciate the true blessing and gift of my Christian faith? Do I constantly thank God for it and strive to put it into practice in my daily life?
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    • Thomas moves from disbelief to the wonderful affirmation on which the Gospel of John is centred: ‘My Lord and my God!’ We are blessed when we believe in the constant personal presence of the living Jesus, even though we do not see him.
    • People sometimes worry when they question the Church’s teaching, but it is healthy to examine what we believe, in order to come to an adult understanding of our faith. Believers are to be thinkers, and doubting can be an honest step in our struggle to believe.
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    • When Thomas says, "Unless....I will not believe", what do I hear in that voice? Hard man? A skeptic? /I've been hurt once and won't let it happen again?/ Whatever was going on in Thomas' heart was put to rights in the meeting with Jesus. How does this speak to me? This is the Resurrection from the point of view of a sceptic who won't simply take the word of others.
    • How do I respond to Thomas? With laughter, scorn, sympathy or fellow-feeling? If I follow through the scene with Thomas, I might learn much about faith and about myself.
    • We see that Thomas lacked faith in his brothers and sisters. His independent mindedness refused to accept their word, wanting to reach his own conclusions for himself. If I am to be a Christian I am called to belong to others - to grow in trust of them if I am to grow in faith in God.
    • I have not seen and yet have come to believe. Jesus speaks of me in this gospel and blesses me.
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    • When Thomas says, "Unless....I will not believe", what do I hear in that voice? Hard man? A skeptic? /I've been hurt once and won't let it happen again?/ Whatever was going on in Thomas' heart was put to rights in the meeting with Jesus. How does this speak to me? This is the Resurrection from the point of view of a sceptic who won't simply take the word of others.
    • How do I respond to Thomas? With laughter, scorn, sympathy or fellow-feeling? If I follow through the scene with Thomas, I might learn much about faith and about myself.
    • We see that Thomas lacked faith in his brothers and sisters. His independent mindedness refused to accept their word, wanting to reach his own conclusions for himself. If I am to be a Christian I am called to belong to others - to grow in trust of them if I am to grow in faith in God.
    • I have not seen and yet have come to believe. Jesus speaks of me in this gospel and blesses me.
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    • When Thomas says, "Unless....I will not believe", what do I hear in that voice? Hard man? A skeptic? /I've been hurt once and won't let it happen again?/ Whatever was going on in Thomas' heart was put to rights in the meeting with Jesus. How does this speak to me? This is the Resurrection from the point of view of a sceptic who won't simply take the word of others.
    • How do I respond to Thomas? With laughter, scorn, sympathy or fellow-feeling? If I follow through the scene with Thomas, I might learn much about faith and about myself.
    • We see that Thomas lacked faith in his brothers and sisters. His independent mindedness refused to accept their word, wanting to reach his own conclusions for himself. If I am to be a Christian I am called to belong to others - to grow in trust of them if I am to grow in faith in God.
    • I have not seen and yet have come to believe. Jesus speaks of me in this gospel and blesses me.