HOMILY FOR THE FEAST OF ST. THOMAS, APOSTLE (2/7/2021)

HOMILY FOR THE FEAST OF ST. THOMAS, APOSTLE (2/7/2021)

EPHESIANS 2:19-22; PSALM 117; JOHN 20:24-29

Today’s Gospel presents us with the high point of Thomas’ journey of faith. Firstly, the honest doubt of Thomas is a model of faith for modern Christians. Modern Christians are gullible and vulnerable. We must insist by way of reason to understand our faith. Thomas insisted on touching the holes. Today we need such necessary doubt rather than believing every spirit.

Secondly, Thomas’ absence was a lesson for us: Thomas was not there when Jesus first appeared to the disciples. After the event of Jesus’ death Thomas sought loneliness rather than togetherness and so he missed out. Beloved in Christ, we miss something when we dont pray together as a family.

Lastly, “Peace be with you”. Jesus appeared to his disciples and said to them “peace be with you.” Beloved in Christ, we need peace as a community and as an individual. A community where there is no peace things are torn into pieces. Lack of peace is one of the major causes of high blood pressure today. On the family level; we need peace; some people suffer from unforgiveness, malice, envy, hatred, lies, cheating and disunity as against the common foundation which the first reading speaks about. Lord, give us peace. The Church sees the importance of peace and so she greets “peace” in every liturgical celebration.

 

LET US PRAY

Grant, almighty God, that we may glory in the Feast of the blessed Apostle Thomas, so that we may always be sustained by his intercession and, believing, may have life in the name of Jesus Christ your Son, whom Thomas acknowledged as the Lord. Who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy

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Fr. Daniel Evbotokhai is a priest of the Catholic Diocese of Auchi, Edo State, Nigeria. He was ordained October 20th, 2018. He offers his daily homilies, talks and articles that bother on, faith, theology, morals and many other burning issues in religion and politics. Fr. Daniel writes poems, inspirational quotes and clips.

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