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Feast of St. Thomas the Apostle July 3

Today’s Mass Readings

Feast of St. Thomas the Apostle July 3

John 20:24-29.

The Lord is teaching us that through the doubts of St. Thomas, all people have a place in the heart of Jesus.

There is something in the story that gives us great comfort.

Even way back then at our very beginning,
we find Thomas doubting the Early Church,
and not in just some area of discipline or procedure.

He doubts the central Christian message:
that God raised Jesus from the dead.

Some of us too, at various times in our lives,
can have doubts about all sorts of things in our faith.

Think of it, even though these earliest followers
are filled with the Presence of the Risen Lord
and though Thomas refuses to believe their witness,
they remained faithful to him in his doubts and struggles.

We know this because he was still with them a week later.

They never gave up on him.

They didn’t expel him from the group
or excommunicate him;
they held onto him in the hope
that he would experience the Lord for himself.

And I’m sure that they continued to support him
and  support each other in those early tender years.

The Lord is teaching us that
through the doubts of St. Thomas,
all people have a place in the heart of Jesus.

So who is Thomas in our life today
who needs our welcome
despite their doubts and struggles.

We pray for the grace to never give up on them.

Rick Pilger

Father Pilger, I.C. was born in Canton, Illinois and was ordained at St. John’s Seminary, Wonersh, England in December 1978. He joined the Blessed Sacrament Parish in August 1995, coming here from Sacred Heart Parish in Bradenton Florida. After 22 years as Parochial Vicar, he was appointed Pastor by Bishop Gregory Parkes in June 20, 2017.

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