The faith of the early community of believers led them to rise beyond the selfishness. They did not find the commandments burdensome, but rather centered their lives on the love of God and neighbor that Jesus taught through his life, death, and resurrection. The apostles’ faith grew as they experienced the risen Jesus. Jesus surely knew they needed the peace he offered and the presence of the Holy Spirit, as do we who have not seen the Lord and yet have come to believe in him.
The apostle Thomas will forever be remembered as the one who doubted. Thomas did not keep his doubts to himself, but instead voiced them aloud to his trusted companions. Thomas’ doubts were put to rest once and for all when Jesus offered him physical proof of the Resurrection. We do not have the sort of physical evidence that was shown to Thomas, but we can perceive Christ’s presence in the Eucharist, in the words of sacred scripture, and in the
presence and action of others.
As we also celebrate the Divine Mercy, let us pray “Lord, have mercy,” calling upon the Lord to have mercy on us in our sinfulness. In moments when we find ourselves struggling with doubt or temptation, we can follow Thomas’ lead and turn to trusted family and friends, who will support us and show us the way from doubt to living faith. Like the disciples who were in the room when Jesus came among them, we too have received the Holy Spirit, and know that the Lord is with us as we live and grow in relationship with Christ.