The different accounts of the Risen Lord help us to discover and recognize him in our lives today. The doubting Thomas among the apostles represents any of us who in moments of fear, loss and hurt can lose perspective and hope. Thomas is skeptical about the experience of the Lord that the others have had. His first painful response was very cynical: sure, if he is truly raised then let me touch his wounds. That sarcastic remark actually ended up being the experience that Thomas needed to heal and believe! He needed to express his pain and then to touch the wounds of the Risen Lord and so do each of us.
All of us have had experiences of hurt, suffering, disillusionment and loss. Many times those experiences turn into anger towards God or others or self. How do we heal? Thomas teaches us to face our pain and then to put it out in front-to express it in a healthy way as he did when he declared his challenge before the other apostles. After finding our voice as Thomas did, we can listen to the voice of the Lord who invites us to forgive and to be at peace; to let-go and to allow the Lordís sacrificial love to touch and heal us. The Lord truly knows our sufferings not only because he has experienced them during his earthly life, but also because he has been in and with us during our painful experiences. We have not been alone and we will never be alone. He is especially present in the Christian community that lovingly listens to our pain and waits with us for his healing presence. When we discover the Lordís presence, as one who is with us, we can come to forgive, be healed and then become instruments of healing for others and the world.
The Holy Year of Mercy, announced today, invites us to encounter the forgiveness and peace offered by the Risen Lord and then to be witnesses of his mercy by carrying his love into the world.
Fr. Joseph Jablonski, MSC