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MONDAY, December 22       Saint Thomas the Apostle (tr)

John 20:27-28 Then [Jesus] said to Thomas, “Put your finger here and see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it in my side. Do not doubt but believe.” Thomas answered him, “My Lord and my God!”

There’s no shame in doubt. Thomas wasn’t disrespectful or rude when he expressed doubt. He was honest. It was his only possible starting point for deeper faith and understanding. Thomas had to start where his faith was (or wasn’t) at that moment in his life.

Faith is “the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen” (Hebrews 11:1). The light of Christ is available to us but not yet fully revealed. There are divine mysteries we don’t yet comprehend. We wait in hope for God to complete our love and understanding. In the meantime, we may face occasions of confusion or doubt. At times, our most authentic prayer may be “I believe, help my unbelief!” (Mark 9:24).


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