“a Lamp to my feet. a Light for my path.” – John 20:28

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TODAY’S WORD…

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“My Lord and my God!”

Thomas exclaimed to Jesus.

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– John 20:28 (NLT)

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REFLECTION…

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Thomas’ doubted

– He had not believed his friends and fellow disciples

about Jesus having appeared to them.

He insisted that only if he saw for himself

and touched Jesus’ wounds,

would he then believe.

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Gentle, loving and understanding Jesus

allows Thomas to do so,

and that is when Thomas’ lets out,

from the bottom of his heart,

this short yet profound assertion of faith,

“My Lord and my God!”

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We too can be like Thomas,

at various stages of our lives.

We too can become almost irreverent towards the Lord

in those moments when our faith is tested by circumstances in our lives,

or influenced by an increasingly Godless world.

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Jesus, who loves us and who so understands our humanity,

wants us, encourages us, to go to Him in those dark moments

and to insist with Him about our doubts.

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Jesus knows it when we sincerely want to believe

and He will touch us in ways which are beyond our own understanding

…and our incredulity will be healed

…and our heart will recognise its Maker

and it will cry out: “My Lord and my God!”.

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QUOTE…

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“The case of the Apostle Thomas is important for us at least for three reasons:

first, because it consoles us in our insecurities;

second, because it shows us that every doubt can have a luminous end beyond any uncertainty;

and, finally, because the words that Jesus addressed to him

[“You believe because you have seen me.

Blessed are those who believe without seeing me.”]

remind us of the authentic meaning of mature faith

and encourage us to continue, despite the difficulties,

on the path of fidelity to Him.”

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– Pope Benedict XVI

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Blessed are those who have not seen and have believed:

this is the beatitude of faith!

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In every time and in every place,

those people are blessed who, through the Word of God,

proclaimed by the Church and witnessed to by Christians,

believe that Jesus Christ is the love of God incarnate, Mercy incarnate.

And this is true for all of us!”

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– Pope Francis

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REPETITIVE PRAYER FOR TODAY…

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Jesus, my Lord and my God!

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