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Low Sunday - Doubting Thomas - Leave the fear behind and believe in Jesus Christ
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The Incredulity of Saint Thomas by Polidoro da Caravaggio (1499-1543); circa 1531-35; Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London, England; commons.wikimedia.org
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


The Disbelief of Saint Thomas by James Joseph Jacques Tissot (1836-1902); 1890; Brooklyn Museum, New York City; commons.wikimedia.org
 
Doubting Thomas - Believing in Jesus Christ
Low Sunday Homily by Father John Tokaz, O.F.M., Cap., based on the Gospel according to Saint John 20:19-31; Mary Immaculate of Lourdes Parish, Newton, Massachusetts; April 8, 2018


Doubting Thomas!

Poor Saint Thomas. He gets really bad press. He's the only one of the apostles that is known as the "Doubter." He is the only one of the Disciples that's known as the Doubter. Of all the followers of Jesus, he gets the label: Doubter. And he had no more doubt, and no less doubt then any of the others. When we read the Easter episodes of the appearances of Jesus, Thomas was no worse in his disbelief, his skepticism, his doubt than any of the others, because none of them at first hearing that the Lord had risen, believed. They all had to have some evidence, whether it was an empty tomb, whether it was angels in the empty tomb, whether it was the appearance of the Lord, Himself to them, they all needed some evidence. They had to see something. And it was only after seeing something, some evidence that they began the happy Easter journey of Faith.

And every Easter episode is a story of a journey of faith from fear and disbelief and doubt to faith, to peace culminating in the wonderful gift of the Holy Spirit. It's a journey. And all of the apostles and all of the disciples and all of the followers of Jesus Christ make that Easter journey; and it is step by step, little by little. It does not all happen at once. And they come to believe. It is a process, like everything else in spiritual living. It's a process. It's not instant. It's gradual. And it takes time; and it takes effort; and it takes spiritual movement with the help of God to leave that place of fear and doubt and anxiety, being all locked up in self-centeredness, self-centered fear, being all locked up in that - and moving out of that, little by little to peace, to faith; and then into the Holy Spirit of God.

In today's Holy Gospel we have a micro-story of that journey, that Easter journey, and it takes place in Saint Thomas. But every disciple went on that journey. Every apostle went on that journey. And you and I go on that journey too, if we want to; if we are willing. And Easter invites us to take part in that journey from self-centered fear, which locks us up just like the apostles were locked up in that room, which locks us up and makes us doubt and makes us hesitate.

Easter calls us out of that self-centered fear to experience the evidence of God in our lives, in us and around us. And there is evidence or we would not be sitting here today; to experience the presence of God in our lives. And then, through that experience to believe peacefully and then to be open to receiving more gifts from God through the Holy Spirit, through the Holy Spirit of God. Because once we start on that journey, out of self toward God, there will be no end of spiritual blessing and gifts for you and for me. God will not spare gifts. God will lavish upon us all those things of the Holy Spirit, all those gifts of the Holy Spirit, all those fruits of the Holy Spirit that you and I learned in the Catechism. They will not be spared but we have to take the first step. We have to take the step of willingness to leave that fear, that self-centered fear, that doubt, that hesitancy - and to look for the evidence of God in our history, in our present.

We have to put ourselves in contact with that evidence of God in our present - whether it is in other people, whether it is in situations or events in our daily lives, whether it is in our very hearts - to put ourselves in contact with that Divine presence of God in us and for us - and then be ready for the gift of peace, which Jesus always offers; and then start to believe, little by little, day by day, open for more gifts, more help of God's Holy Spirit to deepen that faith that has come alive in our hearts because we were willing to leave the fear behind. We have to do the spiritual footwork. We have to be willing to leave the fear behind. If we cling on to it, if we lock ourselves into it, it's hard to start the journey.

Today, Thomas gives us a beautiful model of what it is like to be on the Easter journey of faith. And Jesus commends him. And He says, "Thomas you have come to believe because you have seen me. Blessed are those who have not seen Me; yet come to believe, that's you and me. But we see the Lord. We see the Lord and we have an opportunity to experience the Lord every day in ordinary things, in ordinary people, in ordinary events. That is how God comes to us. That is how our God is evidence. It's up to us to be ready to receive that Divine evidence and then the peace that comes with knowing that God is here with us. And starting the Easter journey of faith which will give us, undoubtly give us the Holy Spirit.






Doubting Thomas - Believing in Jesus Christ
Low Sunday Homily by Father John Tokaz, O.F.M., Cap., based on the Gospel according to Saint John 20:19-31; Mary Immaculate of Lourdes Parish, Newton, Massachusetts; April 8, 2018


Doubting Thomas!

Poor Saint Thomas. He gets really bad press. He's the only one of the apostles that is known as the "Doubter." He is the only one of the Disciples that's known as the Doubter. Of all the followers of Jesus, he gets the label: Doubter. And he had no more doubt, and no less doubt then any of the others. When we read the Easter episodes of the appearances of Jesus, Thomas was no worse in his disbelief, his skepticism, his doubt than any of the others, because none of them at first hearing that the Lord had risen, believed. They all had to have some evidence, whether it was an empty tomb, whether it was angels in the empty tomb, whether it was the appearance of the Lord, Himself to them, they all needed some evidence. They had to see something. And it was only after seeing something, some evidence that they began the happy Easter journey of Faith.

And every Easter episode is a story of a journey of faith from fear and disbelief and doubt to faith, to peace culminating in the wonderful gift of the Holy Spirit. It's a journey. And all of the apostles and all of the disciples and all of the followers of Jesus Christ make that Easter journey; and it is step by step, little by little. It does not all happen at once. And they come to believe. It is a process, like everything else in spiritual living. It's a process. It's not instant. It's gradual. And it takes time; and it takes effort; and it takes spiritual movement with the help of God to leave that place of fear and doubt and anxiety, being all locked up in self-centeredness, self-centered fear, being all locked up in that - and moving out of that, little by little to peace, to faith; and then into the Holy Spirit of God.

In today's Holy Gospel we have a micro-story of that journey, that Easter journey, and it takes place in Saint Thomas. But every disciple went on that journey. Every apostle went on that journey. And you and I go on that journey too, if we want to; if we are willing. And Easter invites us to take part in that journey from self-centered fear, which locks us up just like the apostles were locked up in that room, which locks us up and makes us doubt and makes us hesitate.

Easter calls us out of that self-centered fear to experience the evidence of God in our lives, in us and around us. And there is evidence or we would not be sitting here today; to experience the presence of God in our lives. And then, through that experience to believe peacefully and then to be open to receiving more gifts from God through the Holy Spirit, through the Holy Spirit of God. Because once we start on that journey, out of self toward God, there will be no end of spiritual blessing and gifts for you and for me. God will not spare gifts. God will lavish upon us all those things of the Holy Spirit, all those gifts of the Holy Spirit, all those fruits of the Holy Spirit that you and I learned in the Catechism. They will not be spared but we have to take the first step. We have to take the step of willingness to leave that fear, that self-centered fear, that doubt, that hesitancy - and to look for the evidence of God in our history, in our present.

We have to put ourselves in contact with that evidence of God in our present - whether it is in other people, whether it is in situations or events in our daily lives, whether it is in our very hearts - to put ourselves in contact with that Divine presence of God in us and for us - and then be ready for the gift of peace, which Jesus always offers; and then start to believe, little by little, day by day, open for more gifts, more help of God's Holy Spirit to deepen that faith that has come alive in our hearts because we were willing to leave the fear behind. We have to do the spiritual footwork. We have to be willing to leave the fear behind. If we cling on to it, if we lock ourselves into it, it's hard to start the journey.

Today, Thomas gives us a beautiful model of what it is like to be on the Easter journey of faith. And Jesus commends him. And He says, "Thomas you have come to believe because you have seen me. Blessed are those who have not seen Me; yet come to believe, that's you and me. But we see the Lord. We see the Lord and we have an opportunity to experience the Lord every day in ordinary things, in ordinary people, in ordinary events. That is how God comes to us. That is how our God is evidence. It's up to us to be ready to receive that Divine evidence and then the peace that comes with knowing that God is here with us. And starting the Easter journey of faith which will give us, undoubtly give us the Holy Spirit.







Doubting Thomas - Believing in Jesus Christ
Low Sunday Homily by Father John Tokaz, O.F.M., Cap., based on the Gospel according to Saint John 20:19-31; Mary Immaculate of Lourdes Parish, Newton, Massachusetts; April 8, 2018


Doubting Thomas!

Poor Saint Thomas. He gets really bad press. He's the only one of the apostles that is known as the "Doubter." He is the only one of the Disciples that's known as the Doubter. Of all the followers of Jesus, he gets the label: Doubter. And he had no more doubt, and no less doubt then any of the others. When we read the Easter episodes of the appearances of Jesus, Thomas was no worse in his disbelief, his skepticism, his doubt than any of the others, because none of them at first hearing that the Lord had risen, believed. They all had to have some evidence, whether it was an empty tomb, whether it was angels in the empty tomb, whether it was the appearance of the Lord, Himself to them, they all needed some evidence. They had to see something. And it was only after seeing something, some evidence that they began the happy Easter journey of Faith.

And every Easter episode is a story of a journey of faith from fear and disbelief and doubt to faith, to peace culminating in the wonderful gift of the Holy Spirit. It's a journey. And all of the apostles and all of the disciples and all of the followers of Jesus Christ make that Easter journey; and it is step by step, little by little. It does not all happen at once. And they come to believe. It is a process, like everything else in spiritual living. It's a process. It's not instant. It's gradual. And it takes time; and it takes effort; and it takes spiritual movement with the help of God to leave that place of fear and doubt and anxiety, being all locked up in self-centeredness, self-centered fear, being all locked up in that - and moving out of that, little by little to peace, to faith; and then into the Holy Spirit of God.

In today's Holy Gospel we have a micro-story of that journey, that Easter journey, and it takes place in Saint Thomas. But every disciple went on that journey. Every apostle went on that journey. And you and I go on that journey too, if we want to; if we are willing. And Easter invites us to take part in that journey from self-centered fear, which locks us up just like the apostles were locked up in that room, which locks us up and makes us doubt and makes us hesitate.

Easter calls us out of that self-centered fear to experience the evidence of God in our lives, in us and around us. And there is evidence or we would not be sitting here today; to experience the presence of God in our lives. And then, through that experience to believe peacefully and then to be open to receiving more gifts from God through the Holy Spirit, through the Holy Spirit of God. Because once we start on that journey, out of self toward God, there will be no end of spiritual blessing and gifts for you and for me. God will not spare gifts. God will lavish upon us all those things of the Holy Spirit, all those gifts of the Holy Spirit, all those fruits of the Holy Spirit that you and I learned in the Catechism. They will not be spared but we have to take the first step. We have to take the step of willingness to leave that fear, that self-centered fear, that doubt, that hesitancy - and to look for the evidence of God in our history, in our present.

We have to put ourselves in contact with that evidence of God in our present - whether it is in other people, whether it is in situations or events in our daily lives, whether it is in our very hearts - to put ourselves in contact with that Divine presence of God in us and for us - and then be ready for the gift of peace, which Jesus always offers; and then start to believe, little by little, day by day, open for more gifts, more help of God's Holy Spirit to deepen that faith that has come alive in our hearts because we were willing to leave the fear behind. We have to do the spiritual footwork. We have to be willing to leave the fear behind. If we cling on to it, if we lock ourselves into it, it's hard to start the journey.

Today, Thomas gives us a beautiful model of what it is like to be on the Easter journey of faith. And Jesus commends him. And He says, "Thomas you have come to believe because you have seen me. Blessed are those who have not seen Me; yet come to believe, that's you and me. But we see the Lord. We see the Lord and we have an opportunity to experience the Lord every day in ordinary things, in ordinary people, in ordinary events. That is how God comes to us. That is how our God is evidence. It's up to us to be ready to receive that Divine evidence and then the peace that comes with knowing that God is here with us. And starting the Easter journey of faith which will give us, undoubtly give us the Holy Spirit.






The Disbelief of Saint Thomas by James Joseph Jacques Tissot (1836-1902); 1890; Brooklyn Museum, New York City; commons.wikimedia.org

 
 
 
April 8, 2018 - Low Sunday - Doubting Thomas - Leave the fear behind and believe in Jesus Christ, from a homily by Father John Tokaz, O.F.M., Cap.
 
 

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OUR FATHER

Our Father, Who Art In Heaven
Hallowed By Thy Name.
Your Kingdom come,
Thy Will be done
On earth as it is in Heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread
And forgive us our trespasses
As we forgive those who trespass against us.
Liberate us from all temptation[*]
And deliver us from all evil. Amen



[*] Liberate us is in keeping with the original Latin text.
       God usually does not "lead us" to temptation (unless we are tested),
       but gives us the grace to overcome and/or resist it
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HAIL MARY

Hail Mary, full of grace
The Lord is with thee.
Blessed art though among women,
And blessed is the fruit
Of thy womb, Jesus.
 
Holy Mary, Mary of God
Pray for us sinners
Now, and in the hour
Of our death. Amen


 
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APOSTLE'S CREED

I believe in God, the Father Almighty Creator of Heaven and earth;
And in Jesus Christ, His Only Son, our Lord;
Who was conceived by the [work and grace of the] Holy Ghost,[*]
Born of the Virgin Mary,
Suffered under Pontius Pilate,
Was crucified, died and was buried.
He descended into the Dead.[**]
On the third day, He rose again;
He ascended into Heaven,
And sits at the right hand of God, the Father Almighty.
From thence he shall come to judge the living and the dead.
 
I believe in the Holy Ghost,[*]
The Holy Catholic Church,
The communion of saints,
The forgiveness of sins.
The resurrection of the body,
And life everlasting. Amen


[*] Holy Ghost: may be substituted with the current Holy Spirit.
[**] the Dead: "inferi", the underworld or the dead in Latin.
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OUR FATHER

Our Father, Who Art In Heaven
Hallowed Be Thy Name.
Thy Kingdom come,
Thy Will be done
On earth as it is in Heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread
And forgive us our trespasses
As we forgive those who trespass against us.
Liberate us from all temptation[*]
And deliver us from all evil. Amen



[*] Liberate us is in keeping with the original Latin text.
       God usually does not "lead us" to temptation
       (unless we are tested),
       but gives us the grace to overcome and/or resist it
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HAIL MARY

Hail Mary, full of grace
The Lord is with thee.
Blessed art though among women,
And blessed is the fruit
Of thy womb, Jesus.
 
Holy Mary, Mary of God
Pray for us sinners
Now, and in the hour
Of our death. Amen


 
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APOSTLE'S CREED
I believe in God, the Father Almighty
Creator of Heaven and earth;
And in Jesus Christ, His Only Son, our Lord;
Who was conceived by the
[work and grace of the] Holy Ghost,[*]
Born of the Virgin Mary,
Suffered under Pontius Pilate,
Was crucified, died and was buried.
He descended into the Dead.[**]
On the third day, He rose again;
He ascended into Heaven,
And sits at the right hand of God,
the Father Almighty.
From thence he shall come to judge
the living and the dead.
 
I believe in the Holy Ghost,[*]
The Holy Catholic Church,
The communion of saints,
The forgiveness of sins.
The resurrection of the body,
And life everlasting. Amen

[*] Holy Ghost: may be substituted with the current Holy Spirit.
[**] the Dead: "inferi", the underworld or the dead in Latin.
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GLORIA

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son,
and to the Holy Ghost[*],
as it was in the beginning, is now,
and ever shall be, world without end.
Amen

[*] Holy Ghost: may be substituted with the current Holy Spirit.
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DE PROFUNDIS

Out of the depths I have cried to Thee, O Lord:
Lord, hear my voice.
Let Thine ears be attentive
to the voice of my supplication.

If thou, O Lord, wilt mark iniquities:
Lord, who shall abide it.
For with Thee there is merciful forgiveness:
and because of Thy law,
I have waited for Thee, O Lord.

My soul hath waited on His word:
my soul hath hoped in the Lord.
From the morning-watch even until night,
let Israel hope in the Lord.

For with the Lord there is mercy:
and with Him plenteous redemption.
And He shall redeem Israel
from all her iniquities.

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son,
and to the Holy Ghost[*],
as it was in the beginning, is now,
and ever shall be, world without end.
Amen

[*] Holy Ghost: may be substituted with the current Holy Spirit.
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DE PROFUNDIS

Out of the depths I have cried to Thee, O Lord:
Lord, hear my voice.
Let Thine ears be attentive to the voice
of my supplication.

If thou, O Lord, wilt mark iniquities:
Lord, who shall abide it.
For with Thee there is merciful forgiveness:
and because of Thy law,
I have waited for Thee, O Lord.

My soul hath waited on His word:
my soul hath hoped in the Lord.
From the morning-watch even until night,
let Israel hope in the Lord.

For with the Lord there is mercy:
and with Him plenteous redemption.
And He shall redeem Israel
from all his iniquities.

V. Eternal rest give unto them, O Lord.
R. And let perpetual light shine upon them.
V. From the gate of hell.
R. Deliver their souls, O Lord.
V. May they rest in peace.
R. Amen.
V. O Lord, hear my prayer.
R. And let my cry come unto Thee.
V. The Lord be with you.
R. And with Thy Spirit.

(50 days indulgence to all who pray the De Profundis with V. and R.
"Requiem aeternam" (Eternal Rest) three times a day.
Pope Leo XIII, February 3, 1888)


Let us pray:
O God, the Creator and Redeemer of all
the faithful, we beseech Thee to grant
to the souls of Thy servants the remission
of their sins, so that by our prayers
they may obtain pardon for which they long.
O Lord, who lives and reigns,
world without end. Amen

May they rest in peace. Amen

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Padre Nuestro,
que estas en los Cielos
Santificado sea Tu Nombre;
Venga a nosotros tu Reino;
Hágase Tu Voluntad
en la tierra como en el cielo.
Danos hoy nuestro pan de cada día;
Perdona nuestras ofensas,
Como también nosotros
perdonamos a los que nos ofenden,
No nos dejes caer en la tentación,
y líbranos del mal. Amén
 
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Dios te salve, María,
llena eres de gracia;
El Señor es Contigo;
Bendita Tú eres
entre todas las mujeres,
Y bendito es el fruto
De tu vientre, Jesús.
 
Santa María,
Madre de Dios,
Ruega por nosotros
pecadores,
Ahora y en la hora
De nuestra muerte.
Amén
 
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Creo en Dios, Padre Todopoderoso,
Creador del cielo y de la tierra.
Creo en Jesucristo,
Su único Hijo, Nuestro Señor,
Que fue concebido por obra
y gracia del Espíritu Santo,
Nació de la Santa María Virgen;
Padeció bajo el poder de Poncio Pilato,
Fue crucificado, muerto y sepultado,
Descendió a los infiernos,
Al tercer día resucitó de entre los muertos,
Subió a los cielos
Y está sentado a la derecha de Dios,
Padre Todopoderoso.
Desde allí ha de venir a juzgar
a los vivos y a los muertos.

Creo en el Espíritu Santo,
La Santa Iglesia Católica,
La comunión de los santos,
El perdón de los pecados,
La resurrección de la carne
Y la vida eterna. Amén
 
 
CERRAR
DE PROFUNDIS

Desde lo hondo a Ti grito, Señor; Señor,
escucha mi voz;
Estén Tus oidos atentos
a la voz de mi súplica.

Si llevas cuenta de los delitos, Señor,
¿quién podrá resistir?
Pero de ti procede el perdón,
y así infundes respeto.
Mi alma espera en el Señor.

Espera en su palabra;
mi alma aguarda al Señor,
más que el centinela la aurora.
Aguarda Israel al Señor.

Como el centinela la aurora;
porque del Señor viene la misericordia.
la redención copiosa;
y Él redimirá a Israel de todos sus delitos.

Gloria al Padre, al Hijo y al
Espíritu Santo,
como es desde el principio,
es ahora y será por los siglos de los siglos.
Amén

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GLORIA

Gloria al Padre, al Hijo y al
Espíritu Santo,
como es desde el principio,
es ahora y será por los siglos de los siglos.
Amén

CERRAR
DE PROFUNDIS y QUE DESCANSEN EN PAZ

Desde lo hondo a Ti grito, Señor;
Señor, escucha mi voz;
Estén Tus oidos atentos a
la voz de mi súplica.

Si llevas cuenta de los delitos, Señor,
¿quién podrá resistir?

Pero de ti procede el perdón,
y así infundes respeto.
Mi alma espera en el Señor.

Espera en su palabra;
mi alma aguarda al Señor,
más que el centinela la aurora.
Aguarda Israel al Señor.

Como el centinela la aurora;
porque del Señor viene la misericordia,
la redención copiosa;
y Él redimirá a Israel de todos sus delitos.

V. Dadles, Señor, a todas las almas
el descanso eterno.
R. Y haced lucir sobre ellas
vuestra eterna luz.
V. Que en paz descansen.
R. Amén.