On Today’s Gospel

Posted: July 3, 2021 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections
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On this feast day of St Thomas we are reminded of not one but two great quotes from today’s Gospel in which we are given, to dwell upon and lead us to a greater faith and relationship with our Lord and saviour Jesus Christ.

First “Happy are those who have not seen and yet believe.”

For those who see with the eyes of faith have seen the Lord. They have Him in their presence. We have also been given a great gift of being able to gaze upon Him in the Blessed Sacrament and for those who have led others who had not yet known Him can attest by their testimony they too had experienced His peace, love and joy while seated in His presence.

Second “My Lord and my God!”

We who have experienced His profound love and mercy have exclaimed with overwhelming joy in our hearts this very words, My Lord and my God! We feel the same way whenever we see the Eucharistic Host lifted over the Eucharistic wine at Mass. Again in Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. With hope in our hearts we will exclaim it again when we return into His loving embrace at the end of our time here on earth.

My Lord and my God, I firmly believe that you are here; that you see me, that your hear me. I adore you with profound reverence; I beg your pardon for my sins, and the grace to make this time of prayer fruitful. My Immaculate Mother, Saint Joseph my father and lord, my guardian angel, intercede for me. 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.’

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