Father Csaba ’s reflection on the gospel ….
Monday 3 July 2017 The Feast of the apostle Saint Thomas..
Thanks and praise to the apostle Thomas, also called the doubting Thomas, for his curiosity as we should never allow the basic truths that determine our lives that half-truths, suppositions, superstitions to become rampant ! Well-well we live in such a world today as well ,that when anybody states any sort of stupidity it can very easily find followers ! The sound mind would like that our lives be determined by worldview built on real truths that should determine our lives . This is why that following Thomas’ example we should examine with doubt the validity of all such statements , rumours , that we ourselves have not experienced and that are not taught by our two thousand years old Church , to cast away, to turn one’s back on them !! Just as in springtime the caring farmer checks out every lush , wildly growing vine-shoot then resolutely prunes it , somehow that is how I should examine my own beliefs , thinking and the superstitious wild shoots ,those views , visions , predictions made by people, should be wisely , by common sense snipped in the bud and burnt that are incompatible ,contradictory with Christ’s love towards us !!
Painting by Iványi-Grünwald Béla: The doubting Thomas
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.”
John 20, 24-29