by Fr. Michael Perry
Two topics, one reflection
The other 10 apostles are gathered together today because there is strength in numbers and the one thing they are strong in is their fear.
Only 10 are gathered today because Thomas didn’t arrive yet and Judas is dead
The 10 are relieved to see Thomas when he finally gets there but they are also a bit peeved because he was missing last week when they all saw the risen Christ; Thomas has been AWOL ever since. He still has not accepted what the others have experienced.
Where Thomas was we will never know but we do know where he is now and that is enough to set the scene for Jesus to show up again
Jesus wanted Thomas also to experience his resurrection so He goes out of His way to make Himself the answer to Thomas’ doubt.
That is God’s mercy, the divine mercy: God goes out of His way to make sure we have what we need to believe
But to believe we first have to trust and that trust, which is inspired by God, is, in any way that it is spoken, the result of our recognizing the mercy of God, and the faith it inspires which gets us through moments of doubt and fear.
Just like the apostles and Mary behind the closed doors.
“Jesus l trust in you”
Is the hallmark echoed on this feast of the Divine Mercy
And if Jesus had His way it could become the bedrock of our lives
Jesus, my lord and my God, l trust in you
Help my unbelief