Thomas (who was called the Twin), one of the twelve, was not with them when Jesus came. So the other disciples told 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 in the mark of the nails and my hand in his side, I will not believe."
A week later his disciples were again in the house, and Thomas was with them. Although the doors were shut, Jesus came and stood among them and said, "Peace be with you." Then he said to Thomas, "Put your finger here and see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it in my side. Do not doubt but believe." Thomas answered him, "My Lord and my God!" Jesus said to him, "Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have come to believe."
The Gospel called John, chap 19
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When does our Journey of Life truly begin? In one sense, it begins with the “Thomas Experience”.
We are conditioned to see Thomas as the lowliest of the remaining 11 disciples … he is known today as Doubting Thomas. I see him differently: as the first to begin the “new life in Christ” by personally and mystically experiencing union with the Christ of God. At Jesus’ invitation, Thomas touches His wounds … and in that moment he recognizes that he is a mirror image of Divine Love. He sees with the inner eye who he truly is - a being dying to all that is not Love and there finding Life.
Such is the destiny of each of us. We, like Thomas, “will not believe” - that is, will not begin the essential Journey - until we ourselves touch the wounds of Christ. Until we see that we are a mirror image of the Christ, our nail wounds to His nail wounds, our pierced side to His … until we “see” that only when we “take up our cross and follow Him”, dying daily to what is not Love, shall we rise to Life, to our most deeply human Self.
“My lord, and my God!”. When we truly “see” - wherever we are blessed to see it - our own essential beauty and goodness, we can only cry out in astonishment and wonder.
Our Journey has begun.