Thomas, like us, struggles to believe because of all the evil he has experienced. Jesus reveals that the terrible darkness has become the path to the Resurrection, and the victory of Mercy. He calls for our cooperation: to trust in Him, to believe without seeing.
We still see much that is bad and sad in our world. What has changed? The Resurrection of Jesus shows that this is only the beginning. It reveals the eternal fullness of life, of joy, that is opened to us.
This is one mystic’s meditation on the Passion of Jesus.
Holy Thursday takes us back to the Hebrews oppressed in Egypt. How could they be free? God’s answer prefigures something mysterious: Jesus’ sacrifice. It is the realistic, effective solution to the oppression of evil. The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass makes this present for us today.
Jesus is citing Psalm 22 from the Cross. This Psalm shows the extreme trial of feeling abandoned by God. We also may experience that. But this Psalm, from the agony of abandonment, leads us with Jesus to trust and hope.
In our life, there are many losses, many “deaths”. They are especially hard because we can’t see the big picture. Jesus reveals the big picture: Our Father’s eternal plans for us and the power of abandonment.
“…He who does not believe is condemned already.” (John 3:18) These words of Jesus are shocking in our society of so many different beliefs. How can we understand them?
Jesus, with righteous anger, cleanses the Temple, protesting the corruption of the Sacred Institutions of His people. We are facing much corruption today, including in the Church. What lessons can we learn from Jesus about how to fight this effectively?
We all want to have a fruitful life, and God has created each of us to bear abundant fruit. How can we cooperate with Him to ensure we bear the fruit God has planned? The example of Abraham teaches us key points.
Only after the death of St. Teresa of Calcutta did we learn of the inner “desert” she was living, devoid of consolation, struggling against doubts and darkness. She was sharing the Passion of Jesus and the temptations many experience today. Her example can help us when we too encounter this dark desert.