Quotations:

I am with you always until the end of this world - Jesus (Matthew 28:20).

Preach the Word in season and out of season reproving, rebuking or advising always with patience and providing instructions (2 Timothy 4:2).

Do not fear, Mary, for God has looked kindly on you (Luke 1:30).

Anything worth doing is worth doing poorly. - G. K. Chesterton

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Reflection for July 3, Friday; Feast of Saint Thomas, Apostle: John 20:24-29


Gospel: John 20:24-29
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 Thomas said to them, “Unless I see the mark of the nails in his hands and put my finger into the nailmarks 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.”
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Reflection:
Do you sometimes need an affirmation of your faith in Jesus? That is perfectly ok because it show signs of your growing faith. If you want your faith in Jesus to be affirmed you simply have to be sensitive to the movement of Jesus in your life.

For example the new life that is given to you every morning. It’s not a routinary  flow of life that you wake-up every morning. It’s Jesus giving you a new life every morning! If you are sensitive to the movement of Jesus in your life. You would discover that the dawning of a new day that you experience every morning is a miracle from Jesus.

Thomas needed an affirmation of his faith from his Lord and Master (John 20:25). He wanted to see first the wounds of Jesus before he believes. He wanted to touch it and put his finger into the very wounds of Jesus before he believes that Jesus had resurrected (John 20:25).  

Are we not like Thomas too? We often times want our faith in Jesus to be affirmed by His signs? Jesus has been giving us signs that He moves in our lives everyday, we simply have to be sensitive to these signs. – Marino J. Dasmarinas

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