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Liturgical day: July 3rd: Saint Thomas, apostle

Gospel text (Jn 20,24-29): The other disciples told him, «We have seen the Lord». But he replied, «Until I have seen in his hands the print of the nails, and put my finger in the mark of the nails and my hand in his side, I will not believe». Thomas, the Twin, one of the Twelve, was not with them when Jesus came. The other disciples told him, «We have seen the Lord». But he replied, «Until I have seen in his hands the print of the nails, and put my finger in the mark of the nails and my hand in his side, I will not believe».

Eight days later, the disciples were inside again and Thomas was with them. Despite the locked doors Jesus came and stood in their midst and said, «Peace be with you». Then He said to Thomas, «Put your finger here and see my hands; stretch out your hand and put it into my side. Resist no longer and be a believer». Thomas then said, «You are my Lord and my God». Jesus replied, «You believe because you see me, don't you? Happy are those who have not seen and believe» .

Illustration: Pili Piñero

Today we hear Thomas’ response when the other Apostles tell him that they have seen the risen Jesus. God does not deserve Thomas's answer! "To touch ", "to touch" and "to touch": we, men, have developed the obsession that, if we do not touch, we do not believe. But what kind of God do we want to have? A doll…? A pet…?

-Speaking of God, is not it more appropriate to answer, "My Lord and my God"?