SECOND SUNDAY OF EASTER
Gospel Reading: John 20:19-31
In today’s gospel, we read about the first appearance of the Risen Lord to the Apostles and a second appearance a week after. The second appearance focuses on Thomas who was not present with the rest of the apostles when Jesus first appeared among them. Where could Thomas be during the first appearance? We wonder. We do not exactly know but as soon as he comes back the other disciples tell him that they have seen the Lord. And he refused to believe.
It was quite a shock to the to the other disciples to hear Thomas’ refusal to accept their testimony. Thomas wanted to see and touch the wounds of Jesus. In spite of the efforts of the apostles to convince Thomas, he remained FIXED in his attitude… “unless I put my fingers.”
Gusto ni Tomas ng EBIDENSYA. Humingi siya ng PATUNAY bago siya sumampalataya.
Ano ba ang masasabi natin sa PAGKATAO ni Tomas?
- UNA: Si Tomas ay tapat. Siya ay tunay at hindi plastic, bolero at balimbing!
Ipinagtapat nya ang nilalaman ng kanyang puso. Hindi n’ya winika kung ano lamang ang gustong marinig ng kanyang mga kasamahan. Mayroon sa atin na kapag kaharap ay OO, POSITIVE at MAGANDA and sinasabi. Subalit kapaG naka talikod na, puno na ng PINTAS at PANINIRA. May roon sa atin na nakikisakay lang sa MAJORITY. Nagpapatangay lang sa karamihan. Nagpapabola sa mga surveys at kaagad-agad naniniwala sa mga fake news at tsismis.
SINASABI NI TOMAS NA HUWAG TAYONG PABAGO-BAGO, PALIPAT-LIPAT at PAIBA-IBA sa ating pananampalataya at paniniwaia.
- IKALAWA: Si Tomas ay PAGPAPAKUMBABA.
Si Tomas nga ay NAG ALINLANGAN. Siyaay NAGDUDA… nagging SEGURISTA. Subalit nang malaman niya na siya ay nagkamali, siya ay nagsisi, nagbago at nagbalik loob.
When the Lord appeared to Thomas, he experienced the desire of his heart and exclaimed, “MY LORD AND MY GOD.” Tayo pag mali ay nangangatwiran pa. Nahuli na ay humihirit pa. BUKO na, UMIIWAS pa.
Nang mabatid ni Tomas ang KATOTOHANAN na Hesus ay muling NABUHAY, ITINALAGA na niya ang kanyang buong BUHAY para kay Hesus. Jesus became his number ONE!
My friends, the current crisis is an invitation for us to recognize the Risen Savior and look up to Him with trust. Like Thomas, perhaps we have in some ways, doubted the Lord and failed to recognize Him in our lives. Now is the appropriate time to return to the Lord and renew our commitment.
Once again, let us listen to the admonition God has given to His people in the past (taken from 2 Chronicles 7:14). “If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sins and will heal their land.” (By the way, this was set into music by Tom and Robin Brooks years ago and has been revived by Jamie Rivera and during this COVID it’s becoming popular again).
Our land is hurting and is in need of God’s healing. But if we are going to call on God to heal our land, to heal our nation, and heal our human community, it let us also be faithful in changing our wicked ways.
In the midst of this pandemic, let us renew our trust in our RISEN LORD who is always with us. Jesus is present in the Eucharist. It is at the table of the Lord that we come together to recognize the Risen Lord in the breaking of the bread. And from there, let us get on with the work as God’s people and jointly bring healing to our land. Alleluia!