My dear brothers and sisters in Jesus,
When Jesus appeared to Thomas, he exclaimed, “My Lord and my God” (Jn 20:28).
These verses teach us on the necessity of personal Christ-experience.
Here, I would like to stress on the possessive pronoun ‘my’.
It refers to the personal experience Thomas had.
It is the experiential knowledge of God that is redemptive.
One can know Christ from different sourcs.
We can know about Christ from books.
We can know about Christ from seminars, lectures and classes.
We can know about Christ from arts. This is head-knowledge.
None of this knowledge is a substitution for experiential knowledge.
The Christianity that saves is a thing personally grasped, personally experienced and possessed like Thomas.
Anyone who can look at Jesus by faith and confess with Thomas “My Lord and my God” has no reason to fear in one’s life.
Thanks to Thomas’ confession we are all blessed who believe in Jesus without seeing him.
Thanks to Thomas, the divinity of Jesus is well established which is one the great foundation-truths of Christianity.
Let’s thank God for giving us Thomas as our father and patron who taught us such mighty truths about Christ our Savior.
May good God bless us profusely through the intercession of St Thomas the Apostle
Wish you all a very happy feast! Fr John Kudiyiruppil