Thomas, called Didymus, one of the Twelve, was not with them when Jesus came. So the other disciples said to him, â€œWe have seen the Lord.â€ But he said to them, â€œI will not believe.â€
As usual, on this Low Sunday, we consider the consternation St. Thomas faced when confronted by the news of the resurrection.
The consternation St. Thomas faced is what we might call â€˜say what-ed-ness.â€™ We all do that, donâ€™t we? Someone tells us something and we proclaim, â€˜Say what?â€™ We shake our heads in a state of perpetual disbelief. I donâ€™t get it. I canâ€™t accept it. This is too foreign to me.
If you ever want to test your own or others â€˜say what-ed-ness,â€™ tell them what the Church teaches in truth and power. Jesus is God and man â€“ He is not just a nice teacher. His words are the Word of God and must be obeyed. We must take up our cross and follow Him, walking the gospel path. All people are the children of God, and each of the baptized are co-heirs with Jesus to the promises of the Father. The Churchâ€™s teachings are not just an option but required belief. Say what?
Within the first three Chapters of the Book of Acts we learn that: The community of believers was of one heart and mind, and no one claimed that any of his possessions was his own, but they had everything in common. With great power the apostles bore witness to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus.
We do not even have to imagine the â€˜say whatâ€™ reaction of the people who witnessed the life of the early Church. The reaction of the established leadership was negative. It is well recorded throughout Acts and the Epistles. We can hear the voices: What do you mean? They sell everything they have and share in the proceeds equally? They proclaim Christ without fear, with no apprehension, but publicly and with great power? Say what? We need to shut them up. That still rings true today.
Our ability to elicit â€˜say what-ed-nessâ€™ from the worldly is founded upon the power we have as recorded in St. Johnâ€™s writings: Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ is begotten by Godâ€¦ Whoever is begotten by God conquers the world. And the victory that conquers the world is our faith.
As a people empowered by the salvation and inheritance we have in the risen Jesus â€“ the God-man who overcame for us – we need to be a people of resolute faith, a people who truly believe and own, within our hearts as well as shown by our actions and words, the power of the Risen One.
We are called then to go out, dressed in Easter joy, with power, to challenge the â€˜say what-ed-nessâ€™ of the world. We are called to proclaim truth and liberty, freedom from death in sin to life in the resurrected Christ. The next time we hear â€˜say what?â€™ let us respond with â€˜Let me tell you about Jesus.â€™ â€œMy Lord and my God!â€ He lives. In Him we have life. Come and believe.