On the evening of that first day of the
week, when the doors were locked, where the disciples
were, for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and
stood in their midst and said to them, "Peace be
with you." When he had said this, he showed
them his hands and his side. The disciples rejoiced
when they saw the Lord. Jesus said to them again,
"Peace be with you. As the Father has sent
me, so I send you." And when he had said
this, he breathed on them and said to them,
"Receive the holy Spirit. Whose sins you forgive are
forgiven them, and whose sins you retain are retained."
Thomas, called Didymus, one of the Twelve, was not with
them when Jesus came. So the other disciples said
to him, "We have seen the Lord." But he
said to them, "Unless I see the mark of the
nails in his hands and put my finger into
the nail marks and put my hand into his side,
I will not believe." Now a week later his
disciples were again inside and Thomas was with them.
Jesus came, although the doors were locked, and stood in
their midst and said, "Peace be with you." Then
he said to Thomas, "Put your finger here and
see my hands, and bring your hand and put it
into my side, and do not be unbelieving, but
believe." Thomas answered and said to him, "My Lord
and my God!" Jesus said to him, "Have you come
to believe because you have seen me? Blessed are
those who have not seen and have believed." Now
Jesus did many other signs in the presence of his
disciples that are not written in this book. But
these are written that you may come to believe
that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and
that through this belief you may have life in
Introductory Prayer: Lord Jesus, I believe
in your grace and your love for me. This is
why I come before you now. I know that
through this meditation I can experience your love and be
filled with your grace, so that I might fulfill
my role in your plan of salvation. You know that
I am weak and am sometimes tempted to lose
heart. But I know I can count on your
generous graces to bolster my courage and love. For my
part, I will strive to spend this time with
Petition: Jesus Christ, let me
know your heart.
1. Touch His Heart: In this passage,
Christ puts himself within touching distance of Thomas’ finger
and hand. He invites this apostle, struggling with doubt, to
reach into his side and come into contact with
that Sacred Heart, filled to the brim with mercy.
Not only could there no longer be any doubt about
the Savior’s resurrected body, there also could no longer
be any doubt about his mercy which he promised in
the forgiveness of sins. With Thomas, then, let us
come within touching distance of this heart of Christ
and peer through his open side to see the heart
that so loves all souls.
2. Allowing Him Touch My
Heart: Not only do we want to touch Christ’s
heart, we also want to invite the Lord to touch
our hearts. Just like the lepers who presented their disfigured
flesh for Christ to touch and cure, so we
present our disfigured souls, asking him to touch and
to cure. Saint Faustina would say that all that is
necessary is for us to leave the door of
our heart ajar and God will do the rest. Let
us present to his “sacred finger” what in us
needs to be touched by his grace, especially through
the sacrament of reconciliation.
3. Thirsting for All Hearts: In
Christ, the greatest thirsting love is too often met
by the most outrageous ingratitude and affront on the
part of souls. The Sacred Heart made mention of this
in the pangs of his heart voiced to St.
Margaret Mary Alacoque. He explained to her that his sharpest
pain was due to people’s ingratitude. Let us endeavor
to bring his thirsting heart into contact with souls,
though our prayers, sacrifices and apostolic efforts.
with Christ: Lord Jesus, thank you for the example
of love and mercy you give us through your
appearance to the disciples and your kindness to St. Thomas.
May my heart always be full of gratitude and
remain close to your loving, merciful touch.
I will pray that someone I know may experience
God’s mercy in the sacrament of confession. If possible,
I will help someone directly to make this happen.