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27th April 2014 – Second Sunday of Easter (A)

The New Testament has 'double-crossing' Judas and 'doubting Thomas'. The first disciples were nothing if not a motley crew and, as we all know, the Church is made up of the good, the bad and the mediocre. Yet, whilst Judas is reviled Thomas is embraced: his doubt seems to have a special appeal for our modern, sceptical world. Thomas is often hailed as a saint for our times, but the truth is he is a saint for all times, because the darkness of unbelief is part of the human condition.

We walk by faith and not by sight, and we can only perceive God as in a mirror, dimly (see 1 Cor. 13:11) — in biblical times mirrors were made of polished metal, which yielded a somewhat distorted image. Even though faith brings light to our minds and hearts, we often live it out in darkness and we are often put to the test. The world we live in can seem far removed from the one promised us by faith. So many things in life make faith difficult: the terminal illness of a loved one, failure or rejection in its many hurtful forms and just the sheer pressure of day-to-day living with all its stresses and strains.

As the Catechism of the Catholic Church expresses so beautifully and simply: 'Our experiences of evil and suffering, injustice and death seem to contradict the Good News; they can shake our faith and become a temptation against it' (para. 164).

What are we to do when we are assailed with doubt or when we question our faith or even God's existence? We are, of course, not alone. Our brothers and sisters who have gone before us marked with the sign of faith were not immune from questions and doubts. And God himself understands our temptation, for on the cross Jesus himself cried out, 'My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?' (Matt. 27:46 NIV). God is close to us in all our struggles, and in the cauldron of our post-modern and in some ways post-Christian world our faith is often tested and tried. Nevertheless, we are surrounded by a great cloud of witnesses, the saints and heroes of faith, and they, along with our Lord and Saviour, intercede for us.

Lord, teach me to walk in the night of faith by clinging to your cross and holding tight to the raft of your Word. Come near to me, Lord; strengthen and console me.

Acts 2:42-47

Psalm 117(118) :2-4,13-15, 22-24

1 Peter 1:3-9

John 20:19-31

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