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."
Introductory Prayer: Lord Jesus, thank you for the
gift of faith I received with baptism. I believe all
that you have revealed, though I recognize that my faith
is still small. I now submerge my weak faith in
your overflowing goodness and mercy, and I trust in you
completely. I love you, my Lord and my God, with
all my mind, heart, soul and strength.
Petition: Lord, increase my faith.
Will Not Believe.” Lord, I live in a culture where
I have to know everything. If there are no facts,
if I lack evidence, then I refuse to believe. At
times, Lord, even with facts and evidence in front of
me, I still refuse to believe. I know, Lord, that
faith calls for man “to commit his entire self to
God” ( Dei Verbum 5). Thomas refuses to do this
when the apostles share the exciting news: “We have seen
the Lord” (John 20:25). But their news does not correspond
to what Thomas knows. He knows that you died. Maybe
he went to the tomb on Saturday. He would have
seen the guards stationed there and would have imagined that
there was no way to take you from the tomb.
Do I come up with convincing reasons not to believe?
If I do, how can I answer better through faith?
2. “Do Not Be Unbelieving, But Believe.”
Lord, Thomas looks at you in the Upper Room as
you say this. I recall the words: “Everyone who acknowledges
me before men, I also will acknowledge before my Father
who is in heaven” (Matthew 10:32). You invite Thomas to
take that step of faith: to leave behind what he
knows and to accept your Resurrection. He had seen you
raise Lazarus, and now you invite him to believe that
you yourself are forever alive. You are God, both living
and true. There in the Upper Room, you invite me,
as you did Thomas, to believe that you are alive
in my life. Lord, I want you to have a
strong presence in my life.
Are Those Who Have Not Seen, and Have Believed.” Lord,
I cannot make it to heaven without faith. Your words
to Thomas allude to what lies in store for me
if I believe until death. I was not alive when
you walked on the earth, but in the light of
what you say to Thomas, I have all the more
reason to exercise my faith and pray as Thomas did:
“My Lord and my God.” You desire my faith, Lord,
just as you desired Thomas’. How great you are, Lord!
“Faith is first and foremost a personal adherence of man
to God” (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 150). I want
to adhere to you, my Lord and my God.
Conversation with Christ: Lord, I believe that you
want to be a great part of my life. You
want to be the Lord of it. My faith is
so little. Help me to increase my faith. Give it
what it needs to grow.
during the day I will read numbers 150-152 of the
Catechism of the Catholic Church about faith, so as to
work to increase my faith in God.