“I believe in God, but don’t have interest in the Church.” We might have heard these types of opinions in plenty.
But the narration on St Thomas and his doubt on this Sunday-Gospel tell us the importance of faith and community life.
The disciples of Jesus were not having such a great faith in the Risen Lord, after the resurrection. We can read that in all the 4 Gospels.
In Matthew 28, 17 it is written: “When they saw him, they worshipped him; but some doubted“
“Jesus is risen, he is truly risen.”
I wish you all of you the blessings of the Easter.
Whey speaking with young generation we will have to face certain questions:
such as “Was the incarnation and passion of Jesus necessary?”
“In Genesis, we read God creates everything with his Word. If the word of God was so powerful, then why couldn’t God save man with his word?”
We have to defend God in those questions:
Yes God is all powerful. He can do everything with his will. Still God needs some one to assist him in the salvation works.
God could save Israelites from the slavery of Egypt. But He uses Moses and Aron. The whole salvation history is a cooperation of God and Men & women.
The reason is God likes to communicate with his people.
-Fr Thomas Kalathil
To dine together is some thing joyful.
The occasion will be more joyful when the table is surrounded by good friends.
But when it is a time of departure and if some one is aware of that this will be his last meal, such one cannot be a celebration for him.
Jesus is at the table –his beloved friends are with him.
They were his “one and only” friends because they were together for the last 3 years. He shared with them his wisdom, his God experience.
Before meeting Jesus, these people were simple hand workers and were living their “normal lives”. Jesus moved them to a total rejection of their old lives and occupations.
Fr Thomas Kalathil
Hosanna and Kingship – Joy and celebration;
This turns in to rejection and loneliness: accusation and crucifixion.
Yes, that is what we see in the life of Jesus. It was a contrast between the moments of acceptance and rejection. The holy week is a concentrated time of these experiences.
But let us look at Jesus. He goes very calm and serene- as some one, who already knew about this end. Because Jesus knew the nature of humans. He knew they will rejoice with the happy and will leave the week and humbled alone to suffer.
–Fr Thomas Kalathil
The Gospel narrates the story of the woman who was caught in adultery.
It is bit strange, because only the woman alone was caught.
Can she alone commit adultery and sin?
There was no justice in that condemnation.
Jesus knew that.
Normally Jesus is a good and active listener.
He never neglected some one.
But here he is not even raising his heads to address the crowd, the so called “self-declared-saints” – they were hypocrites for Jesus.
Jesus knows that this will be a big injustice and mistake if he supports such people.
His body language shows that, he was not interested in their judgements.
They are partial and more than that they want to kill the condemned. But Jesus came to give life and to save. How can he then be a part of such a judgement? Jesus’ action and judgement are perfectly all right and logical.
-Fr Thomas Kalathil