October 30, 2020
142. Week of First Sunday after Easter - Monday
Blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed.
          Blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed.   John 20:29
          But Thomas, one of the Twelve, called Didymus, was not with the disciples when Jesus came. O Thomas! - The other disciples therefore said to him: "We have seen the Lord." But he said to them: "Except I shall see in His hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the print of the nails, and thrust my hand into His side, I will not believe." O Thomas! - And after eight days again His disciples were within. And Thomas was with them. Then Jesus came, the doors being shut, and stood in the midst and said: "Peace to you!" O Thomas! - Then He said to Thomas: "Reach your finger here, and look at my hands; and reach your hand here and put it into my side. Do not be faithless, but believing." And Thomas answered and said to Him: "My Lord and my God!" Jesus said to him: "Thomas, because you have seen Me, you have believed. Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed." The Saviour had dealt kindly with Thomas, and brought him back to faith. But he also permitted him to see Him, for Thomas was an Apostle, and was to be a witness of Christ's resurrection, an eye-witness. But we must not see, and yet believe. We must believe the Word of the Apostles, the eye-witnesses. We must believe the Scripture both of the Old and the New Testament - of the Old Testament, where the resurrection of Christ is foretold, and of the New Testament, where the resurrection of Christ is attested. We must believe the Holy Spirit, who has given the Scripture, the Old and the New Testament, by inspiration, and who moves and is active therein, and mightily and convincingly witnesses that it is the truth. In heaven we too shall see.
          PRAYER: - Deal mercifully with me, Lord Jesus, and do not altogether quench the smoking flax of my faith, but fan it into a flame through Your Word and the Holy Spirit, by Your great mercy. I call upon You, Lord Jesus - hear me! I trust in You, firmly believing that You will not permit me to lose the comfort of true faith, but will preserve my faith until I shall come to You in heaven. Amen.

First Part : Festival Season
October 30, 2020