Tuesday, July 3, 2012
John 20:24-29 "My Lord and My God" Jesus is fully human and divine
Thomas, called Didymus, one of the Twelve,
was not with them when Jesus came.
So the other disciples said to him, "We have seen the Lord."
But Thomas 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!"
Jesus said to him, "Have you come to believe because you have seen me?
Blessed are those who have not seen and have believed."
In this passage we see St. Thomas saying the most important words in the Gospel of John. He says that Jesus is both his physical lord and he is also his God. In other words, Jesus' dual nature is revealed by St. Thomas. The Church would later interpret this passage as demonstrating Jesus' full humanity and full divinity.