Reflections

My Lord and My God!

Most Christians, at some point in their lives, have doubts about God and Jesus. Maybe the doubt is intellectual. For me my doubts have centered on the suffering of innocents. Why must children suffer? I still don’t have a good answer to that question, but I do have faith that there is such an answer.

In the Gospel of John we read that Thomas, one of the Twelve, was not with the other disciples when Jesus first appeared to them after his resurrection.

“So the other disciples said to him, ‘We have seen the Lord.’ But he said to them, ‘Unless I see the mark of the nails in his hands and put my finger into the nailmarks and put my hand into his side, I will not believe.’

“Now a week later his disciples were again inside and Thomas was with them. Jesus came, although the doors were locked, and stood in their midst and said, ‘Peace be with you.’ Then he said to Thomas, ‘Put your finger here and see my hands, and bring your hand and put it into my side, and do not be unbelieving, but believe.’ Thomas answered and said to him, ‘My Lord and my God!’” (John 20:25-28)

For me, that sums it all up. I don’t know every bit of what God does, but my only possible answer is “My Lord and my God!” 


Father Mike Van Cleve

Father Mike is a priest for the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston.

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