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Liturgical day: Sunday 2nd (A) (B) (C) of Easter

Gospel text (Jn 20,19-31): (…) 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» (…).

The faith

Fr. Antoni CAROL i Hostench
(Sant Cugat del Vallès, Barcelona, Spain)

Today, we revive the first appearances before the Apostles of Jesus Christ resurrected. After having been so frightened, now they find it hard to believe that Jesus is alive. He is in front of them and… Thomas apostle, who was not there the first time, is even more radical: and he will not believe unless he sees and “touches” Jesus.

Christ will admonish him for not having believed his companions. There are persons who only accept as factual what they can touch. But almost whatever we learn is because we have been told so, normally without any additional evidence. "Faith" is to believe what we are told, because we confide in who is talking to us and because his message is reasonable. Inhuman is to just distrust the word of others (including God). Without trust the world does not work.

—Thank you, my God, for the gift of faith. It is my greatest treasure because thus, I can treat you as a son his Father. I am happy knowing you so familiarly.