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On Today’s Gospel

Posted: July 3, 2018 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

In order to grow in love and faith as one community in Christ Jesus our Lord. We must first acknowledge that we are all individually special and so loved by God our Father that He sent His only begotten Son to redeem us for Himself. Then that each and everyone of us are truly sisters and brothers in Jesus, one as God our Father’s children.

Unless we put our knowledge of this into action it will not bear fruit, at home, church, work or anywhere for that matter. The great love we receive from the Lord our God must be put into action in our love for one another. Otherwise we will choose self before others, we will choose not to attend community prayer meetings, choose not to hear testimonies of our Lord by others, choose not to show up for church service, choose not to pray as family if to pray at all, choose to work long hours for money and where is God in all of these choices?

Jesus my Lord, St Thomas so yearned to see You for himself and You granted His prayer. Be with me always my Lord, my God. Amen

St Thomas pray for us.

First reading

Ephesians 2:19-22
In Christ you are no longer aliens, but citizens like us

You are no longer aliens or foreign visitors: you are citizens like all the saints, and part of God’s household. You are part of a building that has the apostles and prophets for its foundations, and Christ Jesus himself for its main cornerstone. As every structure is aligned on him, all grow into one holy temple in the Lord; and you too, in him, are being built into a house where God lives, in the Spirit.

Gospel

John 20:24-29
‘My Lord and my God!’

Thomas, called the Twin, who was one of the Twelve, was not with them when Jesus came. When the disciples said, ‘We have seen the Lord’, he answered, ‘Unless I see the holes that the nails made in his hands and can put my finger into the holes they made, and unless I can put my hand into his side, I refuse to believe.’ Eight days later the disciples were in the house again and Thomas was with them. The doors were closed, but Jesus came in and stood among them. ‘Peace be with you’ he said. Then he spoke to Thomas, ‘Put your finger here; look, here are my hands. Give me your hand; put it into my side. Doubt no longer but believe.’ Thomas replied, ‘My Lord and my God!’ Jesus said to him:

‘You believe because you can see me.
Happy are those who have not seen and yet believe.’