Reflection for the Second Sunday in Easter

St. Pius X | News
17 Apr 2020

In an age when faith is becoming more difficult and mystery is on the way out, the church puts before us the deeply moving encounter between Christ and Thomas, his doubting disciple.  Of course, we make the big mistake if we dismiss Thomas as a man of little faith.  He had seen the Lord, whom he loved deeply, die the death of a criminal, crucified between two thieves, and a few hours earlier he had witnessed Peter promise fidelity to Jesus and then deny him three times.  He was disheartened, dis-illusioned and angry which made him unwilling to accept the word of the others.  This episode paints, in dramatic fashion, the journey of many people from a position of total disbelief to one of absolute faith.  Having doubts in our search for truth is nothing to be ashamed of and can actually turn out to be a growing point in the life of faith.  Thomas was doubtful about the key issues of whether Jesus had risen from the dead and was actually alive.  Therein lies the heart of our whole believing.  Thomas with his intelligent questioning and his need for satisfactory answers is a good type of person to have in any community, and acts as a defense against the excesses of pious belief.  In many ways he echoes moments of our own uncertainty, when we question the religious values handed down to us.  During life, faith is an on-going struggle and there are moments of crisis when our minds are darkened and our vision of God is blurred by clouds of doubt. The Risen Christ is present in our midst as much as he was with the early Christians and we are called to live our lives in his name.  It is through believing that we enter into a relationship with Christ and enjoy the new life which he offers us.