Wednesday 3 July 2019

About Today Readings

St Thomas
Ephesians 2:19-22. Psalm 116(117). John 20:24-29.
Go out to all the world and tell the Good News – Psalm 116(117)
‘Put your finger here and see my hands …’

There is a painting by Caravaggio that depicts the scene in today’s gospel. Thomas, a look of astonishment etched on his face, leans forward, his outstretched hand and finger probing the fleshy wound on Jesus’ side. The painting captures that profound moment between doubt and faith when Thomas’ eyes are opened to the presence of God.

There is something extremely human in the desire to encounter Jesus physically ‘in the flesh’. It is hard to have a relationship with a non-physical being; we are designed to relate to each other as embodied creatures.

In the Incarnation, God took on the fullness of our humanity. Jesus knew the human experience of being embodied, the desires and frustrations that come with having a body that ages, gets tired, needs food and feels pain. He knew the value and anxiety of human touch, through which he offered his healing and tenderness.

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