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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

July 3, A.D. 2008

Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:

Ephesians 2:19-22

Psalm 117:1bc, 2

John 20:24-29

A reflection on today's Scripture:

Each time I hear today's Gospel I want to cry tears of joy. I haven't seen Him, yet I believe. Jesus says I am blessed!

This is what Jesus tells Thomas who missed His first appearance in the Upper Room after the Resurrection. Thomas, not surprisingly, was having difficulty believing that Jesus was really alive and who of us could blame him? After all, how many risen dead people have you seen?

Yet in all of this, we see Jesus' remarkable gentleness. He doesn't berate Thomas or humiliate him, but takes him at his word. "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."

What is it that will help you, who already have been given the gift of faith, believe more fully, to follow more faithfully? Do you demand a miracle, or a private audience, or will you allow Jesus to choose the time, place and manner that He knows best, to confirm His Sacred Presence?

Because you have seen Me, Thomas, you believe.
Blessed are they who have not seen, yet believe.

- Donna Nelson, OCDS
| email: drn3rd (at) hughes (dot) net

Feast of Saint Thomas, apostle

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