Today is Thursday the 3rd of July, the Feast of St Thomas.

Nóirín Ní Riain, with the monks of Glenstal Abbey, sings An tAiseiri, a song in Irish, telling the story of the discovery of the empty tomb and proclaiming the Resurrection.  As you begin to pray today, listen to the joy the deep desire expressed in this music to share the good news of the Resurrection, to share the hope and the joy that it brings… 

Today’s reading is from the Gospel of John.

There is something important going on deep down inside for Thomas. In his gut there’s a scepticism about all this talk of resurrection.  Maybe it’s just too good to be true?  Mass hysteria? Something inside him resists a faith that is too easy, too much like a fairy-tale.  If Jesus is truly risen, he must still bear the wounds of the Cross.  You can’t just put something like that to one side and forget about it, can you?  Do I sense those feelings in me too?   Are there ‘dark places’ in me where I still need to meet Jesus, risen from the dead?

I look at the world I live in, places of poverty and hunger, suffering and loss. Can Jesus really be risen there?  I look at the broken places in my own life, too.  What are the wounds that I need God to know about and to heal?

As you listen again to the Gospel story, try to imagine Thomas’s face as he places his hands in the wounds of Jesus.  This is no feel-good, happy ending – but real life out of real death. A hope so real you could base your life on it.

See if you can find some spark of hope lighting up within you.  Hold on to it. Let it grow.  Tell the Lord about it and where it might take you.  Can you say with Thomas, “My Lord and my God”?