On the evening of that first day of the week, when the doors were locked, where the disciples were, for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood in their midst and said to them, “Peace be with you.” When he had said this, he showed them his hands and his side. The disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord. Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you.” And when he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit. Whose sins you forgive are forgiven them, and whose sins you retain are retained.” 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 he 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.” Now, Jesus did many other signs in the presence of his disciples that are not written in this book. But these are written that you may come to believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that through this belief you may have life in his name.
A lot of people think that things mostly happen as they happen; that things that we don’t control in life aren’t controlled by anyone. That things just “happen” to us. While it’s true that things “happen” to us, they don’t just “happen” by accident. There is always a cause – and, the cause is either from God (Who is Good) or from satan (who is evil). God responds to our Prayers in His timing and in His ways (which are always best for us; even when our limited, earthly minds can’t make sense of it at the time). For those who truly-Believe, times of tribulation and challenge aren’t necessarily “bad” for them, because they know that, whether the challenge was caused by Good or by evil, God will use that challenge to galvanize their Faiths as they continue to grow closer to God (and to others). Remember what St. Paul tells us in Romans 5:3-5: “Not only that, but we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out His love into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, whom He has given us.” In this week’s Gospel, many people think that Jesus “waited” a bit to appear to the Apostles, but, in fact, He came to them exactly when He mean to (and, it was planned from the beginning of time; just like His birth, Ministry, death, and resurrection). You see, the first day of the work week in Israel is not Monday, but Sunday ((יוֹם רִאשׁוֹן). רׅאשׁו means “first” and it’s the first day of God’s creation of the world: ‟And God called the light day, and the darkness He called night.” As in Matthew 6:34, we should, “not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself.” God’s got this and He does what He thinks is best for us always. Trust in that. God never lies and He sent His one and only Son to save us, because He loves each and every one of us that much. He knows His plans for you for all of us. So, let’s invest our thoughts, time, and efforts in the Eternal Insurance Policy that God underwrites forever.