Christ is our Tangible Evidence of Faith

FEAST OF ST. THOMAS, Apostle

Eph.2:19-22/Ps.116/Jn.20:24-29


Christ is our Tangible Evidence of Faith


Faith has nothing to do with tangible evidence about the existence of God and the physical reality of the resurrection of Christ. Made in the image and likeness of God and our membership in the mystical body of Christ should answer all our questions. To deny the permanence of God and the resurrection of Christ are to discredit our being for nothing came into being without God willing it. Nothing can redeem itself without the saving power of Christ Jesus. We exist only because we have the breath of God in us. That is enough reason to believe and to know with God all things are possible – even our own resurrection.


Thomas' reaction to the physical appearance of the risen Christ must not astonish us; nor is it a springboard for ongoing doubt among the suspicious in our midst. Instead, the reappearance of Christ, to alleviate Thomas' disbelief should strengthen our faith and enhance the quality of our discipleship with him. The dialogue, which took place between Christ and Thomas, must suffice to strengthen our faith.


I think Paul, in his letter to the Ephesians 2:19-22, has put Thomas' dilemma into context, to help alleviate our fears and doubts about the truthfulness of faith in God and Christ - especially about his resurrection. Christian discipleship is being part of the Mystical Body of Christ. We live in him, move in him and have our being in him (Acts 17:28).


Christ Jesus is the cornerstone and foundation, of everything we are and we believe. Christ’s Spirit alive in us will enable us to share in his resurrection at the appointed time (Rom.8:9). In other words, faith transcends all tangible experience and accepts the truth of God and the teachings of Christ unconditionally. In other word, Christ is our reality of faith. The Eucharist affirms this truth. Thus, those who touch and receive the Holy Eucharist, like Thomas, they feel and embrace the risen Christ. In acknowledgement, when we receive the Eucharist, we answer, "Amen". I believe!


St. Thomas, pray for us that the Lord may deliver us from every doubt.

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