“Now Thomas, 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 we tend to believe what we see. We consider the unseeable a hoax. Thomas, one of the disciples close to Jesus, was adamant that he wanted to touch and feel the scars of Jesus to believe that he has risen from the dead. He was just like one of us. Jesus said to the disciples, “I have vested my powers in you, go spread the word of God and do the things I do”, however, they never had the courage or determination to preach or heal the sick.
In the reading Jesus says, “because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.” We all have experienced Jesus' power in all the countless blessings we have received. All the blessings are a part of Jesus’ plan for each and every one of us. It makes us wonder what type of person Jesus is, yet we believe in Him because of our firm faith and the miracles we have witnessed in our life. We must always have a little bit of faith in everything we do, even if it’s playing sports on the weekend, sitting an exam or even your friends and family; having faith that they will always have our backs no matter what happens. People tend to leave their faith behind in case of burdens, difficult times and when they are confused. They forget to ask from the Lord above for help or a miracle and they go through difficult times alone. The Lord says “ask and you shall receive, seek and you shall find, knock and it will be opened to you.” We witness the many losses of life due to COVID-19. Though I could not make it to Sunday mass, I recited the rosary every night with my family praying not only to protect our home but also people all over the world. I expressed my faith. I'm sure everyone here expressed their faith during their lockdown. All of us had faith that we were going to see our friends and teachers again. We had faith that we were going to get back into school and sport again. Because of our faith, Jesus performed a miracle to save us kiwis from COVID-19 which we are witnessing now. Through the miracles that we have experienced, we witness Jesus and his forgiveness.
My dear friends and teachers, we must always remember to EXPRESS OUR FAITH. Just have a little faith in everything. It will always play a role in our successes.
Sectare Fidem. Hold firm to the faith!
Joshua Perera – Yr 12, RHN
Dear Lord, we thank You for all the awesome blessings You have showered upon us, especially allowing us to see our friends and teachers again after the lockdown. We thank You for the opportunity to spend more time with our family. We also thank You for keeping us safe during the lockdown. Lord, please give people the gifts of faith and hope for the ones who have doubt in their lives. We pray for all the lost lives during the period of COVID-19; may they rest in peace.
We pray for all the families who are struggling financially due to job losses all over the world!
We continue to pray to You that You keep us safe from all harm and danger, natural disasters and sicknesses. Amen.