In The Footsteps Of Jesus

A daily study of the Four Gospels and the life of Jesus


December 24 – My Lord and My God!

John 20:24–29 Now Thomas (also known as Didymus), one of the Twelve, was not with the disciples when Jesus came. So the other disciples told him, “We have seen the Lord! “But he said to them, “Unless I see the nail marks in his hands and put my finger where the nails were, and put my hand into his side, I will not believe.” A week later his disciples were in the house again, and Thomas was with them. Though the doors were locked, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!” Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here; see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it into my side. Stop doubting and believe.” Thomas said to him, “My Lord and my God!” Then Jesus told him, “Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.” Today’s Reflection Many can identify with Thomas’ skepticism. Their perspective is grounded in the truism that to see is to believe. Furthermore, the followers of Jesus were in shock. Everything they hoped for seemed to have gone up in smoke. So, when Thomas heard that Jesus had risen and had been with the disciples, he must have concluded that they were blinded by grief and wishful thinking. When Jesus came to Thomas, however, he did not rebuke him. Instead, he said: Touch my hands and feel the wound in my side. Thomas responded instantly, moving from doubt to belief, and saying, “My Lord and my God!” Jesus then reminded Thomas and the disciples that they would soon face a doubting world and that their mission was to overcome that doubt by being steadfast in their own belief: “Because you have seen me you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”


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