Originally delivered on April 2, 1989
Readings: Acts of the Apostles 5: 12-16; Revelation 1:9-11, 12-13, 17-19; John 20:19-31
In this week’s homily, we’re invited to rethink what it meant for Thomas to doubt the existence of the risen Lord until Thomas saw Jesus for himself. What if Thomas is the hero in the story? Perhaps Thomas was the only one who recognized that to be the Messiah required Jesus to suffer human pain and suffering and Thomas was acknowledging that human suffering of our Messiah by asking to see his wounds and put his hands in His flesh. Furthermore, it might be that this Gospel story tells us not so much about Thomas’ disbelief, but rather that we can experience a relationship with our God by being in relationship with our sisters and brothers, reaching out to them, and touching their lives in a similar way to how Thomas touched Jesus’ wounds and hurts.
Originally delivered on March 19, 1989
On this Sunday, we celebrate the Passion of our Lord. Each of us, in our way, is destined to experience our own “way of the cross” through our disappointments, suffering, and frustrations. Through these experiences of hurt and fear, we are reminded that we can get closer to understanding the love Jesus has for us by his own human suffering at Calvary. By commingling His humanity with his divinity, Jesus experiences and shares our suffering. He is with and in us. We try to deepen our passion and reverence for our Lord, Jesus Christ. This year, let us realize that our passion is also His.
Originally delivered on January 1, 1989
Readings: Numbers 6:22-27; Galatians 4:4-7; Luke 2:16-21
Everyone is invited to say “Amen” to God’s calling. The beauty of Mary’s glory is her willingness to say “Amen” to God’s calling to bring forth Jesus to be made human through her. May her example challenge us to be a part of God’s plan for the world.