Monday, July 02, 2018
TUESDAY, 13TH Week in Ordinary Time
July 3, 2018 – TUESDAY, 13TH Week in Ordinary Time
ST. THOMAS, Apostle
Eph 2: 19 - 22 / Jn 20: 24 – 29
St. Thomas, Apostle, is the "doubting Thomas" after our Lord's resurrection. Tradition says he preached and was martyred in India.
FROM THE 1ST READING: Eph 2: 19- 20
Now you are no longer strangers or guests, but fellow citizens of the holy people: you are the household of God.. You are the house whose foundations are the apostles and prophets, and whose cornerstone is Christ Jesus.
GOSPEL READING: Jn 20: 24- 29
Thomas, the Twin, one of the Twelve, was not with them when Jesus came. The other disciples told him, "We have seen the Lord." But he replied, "Until I have seen in his hands the print of the nails. And put my finger in the mark of the nails and my hand in his side, I will not believe.."
Eight days later, the disciples were inside again and Thomas was with them. Despite the locked doors, Jesus came and stood in their midst and said, "Peace be with you." Then he said to Thomas, "Put your finger here and see my hands, stretch out your hand and put it into my side. Resist no longer and be a believer."
Thomas then said, "You are my Lord and my God." Jesus replied, "You believe because you see me, don't you? Happy are those who have not seen and believe."
Today we celebrate the feast of St. Thomas, Apostle. We all know him as the
"doubting" Thomas who declared he would not believe that Christ was risen until he sees and touches the wounds of Christ.
Despite the witness of the other apostles, Thomas lacked faith. We too are very much like him, especially in times of great trial and suffering, We feel that the Lord has abandoned us. However, it is precisely in those low moments that we should experience the saving power of the risen Lord. It is in those moments that we discover the light of Christ in the midst of our darkness. Confronted by the risen Christ, Thomas can only profess his faith, "You are my Lord and my God."
These are now the selfsame word many say at consecration at Mass: even if we do not see the trans-substantiation of bread and wine into the body and blood, soul and divinity of our Lord, we do believe in this great miracle and gift to us. Indeed we can say that from the old adage, "to see is to believe," in faith we can profess that "to believe is to see."
This conversion from doubt and disbelief to true faith propelled St. Thomas to the ends of the earth to preach the Good News. According to tradition he reached India to found what are known as the St. Thomas Christians.
Faith is lived and shown when we do good deeds for others, like St. Thomas, the great Apostle and Evangelizer for Christ.
WE PRAY FOR MTQ DAILY PRAYER INTENTIONS:
Abegail I. Miramontes
Patrick Lawrence & Jershenale Sy
IN MEMORIAM (+)
Douglas L. Abadco
Ana Maria T. Kare, MD
Joanna Choa (29 Oct 1914 - 03 Jut 2008)
Finally, we pray for one another, for those who have asked our prayers and for those who need our prayers the most..
Have a good day!
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