I love today’s gospel. Even when I was a child, I was so delighted to hear those beautiful words Jesus spoke to Thomas: Blessed are those who have not seen and yet believe.
“That’s me!” I would inwardly exclaim. And so it is, and hopefully, it is you too!
Our Holy Father Francis focused on these words from the gospel in his Regina Caeli message, on the Feast of Divine Mercy, in Rome today. He too seemed to say, “That’s me!”
“And who were they who believed without seeing? Other disciples, men and women of Jerusalem that, while they did not meet the resurrected Jesus, believed in the testimony of the Apostles and the women,” Pope Francis said April 7 before a crowd of around 100,000 people.
The Pope made his remarks before praying the Regina Caeli from the window of the papal apartment that overlooks St. Peter’s Square.
He focused on the Gospel reading for today, which recalls the encounter between St. Thomas and Jesus after the resurrection.
When he first heard the news of the resurrection, the Pope noted that Thomas responded, “If I do not see and do not touch, I will not believe.”
But eight days later, Jesus appeared to the Apostles in the upper room and invited Thomas to look at his wounds, to touch them, and he exclaimed: “My Lord my God.”
“Jesus replied, ‘because you have seen me, you have believed: blessed are they that have not seen and yet have believed.’”
“This is a very important word on faith,” Pope Francis stated, adding that “we can call it the beatitude of faith.”
“At all times and in all places are blessed are those who, through the Word of God proclaimed in Church and witnessed by Christians, believe that Jesus Christ is the love of God incarnate, Mercy incarnate.
“And this is true for each of us!” he exclaimed.
Today is my dad’s birthday. He passed away in 2008 at the age of 93. I would be most grateful to anyone who offers a prayer for the repose of his soul. And, I will remember all of you at Mass today. Thank you!