Jesus said, “Where I am going you know the way.” Thomas said to him, “Master, we do not know where you are going; how can we know the way?” Jesus said to him, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” Where are YOU going in life? How are you going there? Why are you going there? Who are you looking for? What are you trying to accomplish? The ancient Greek philosopher, Socrates wrote the following, “The unexamined life is not worth living.” When Saint Thomas asked his question, Jesus already knew that Thomas’s heart was indeed afire and in search of something greater, some more thorough understanding as to “Why” Thomas was even on earth; and lastly, Thomas, though filled with doubts and questions, was also blessed with faith, hope and love. Thomas could be you, me, or any person.
Open your heart, mind and spirit to the Gospel. You need not be or become some great fan of the Bible. You need not be or become a Church hopper. You need not become some goody-two-shoes you are not. Rather, our dearest Lord and Savior Jesus Christ looks right inside you. He knows you better than you ever will know yourself. He sees all your good and beauty and He sees your frailties and weaknesses. Truth is Truth! And you owe yourself one lifetime in which you daily realize you owe yourself truth. Open your very being to God and all His infinite divine mercy, wisdom and love. Become that very person our Creator calls you to become. Be not in a hurry. It will require your whole lifetime. Be patient, but persist!
Strive throughout the passing of each hour every day for the rest of your life to walk humbly, to bear any sorrows and to courageously confront brutal truths. Also, dare to ask our Lord for the abilities needed to surrender your life and your entire being unto the very Creator who formed you in His ways and granted you this one lifetime. Give up your own wants, desires and dreams. Rather, seek not gold, power or fame. Instead, be willing to possess little or nothing in materials and instead to discover, rediscover and become divinely blessed with a fortune contained within the blessed heart only God can grant you. There within the silence of your very being, you will come to know God and God will know you. When a man or woman humbly gives everything away, he or she ironically is blessed many times over with an infinite treasure which only God can inspire, nurture and bring to greater fruition.
Thomas with all his doubts chose to persevere in the company of Christ. Twenty one centuries later, Thomas and his doubts remain famous, even historical. Thomas is you and me with all our questions. Thomas and his great faith and holy life is a clear reminder to us: That our dear Lord invites us to come closer and to draw near to Him. May we have the courage and audacity needed to spend a lifetime in the company of Christ. Better to be a fool for Christ, than a wise fool! AMEN.
-Father Michael Briese