Reflections From The Bible And Life

Ask Your Questions And Express Yourselves To God

Ephesians 2:19-22; John 20:24-29

The readings today teaches us that we are part of the citizenship of God‘s kingdom, built upon the foundation of Jesus and the apostles, as well as all the prophets, with Jesus as the cornerstone. In Jesus we build our spiritual dwelling place for God. The path to this citizenship is quite narrow, but leads to God’s blessings.

Thomas the Twin, also called Thomas the Doubtful, was quite unfortunate to have missed Jesus’s first appearance to the apostles after rising from the dead. He was quite skeptic about them seeing Him for deep inside he had to be sure that it was Jesus. He asked to see and feel His wounds so he would believe that it was Him. When he finally saw Him, he was given the privilege to do what he asked for. Thomas uttered the most powerful statement of faith when he finally did, saying, “My Lord and my God!” This statement proved that He has seen more than the physical eyes can behold. He has seen Jesus for who He truly is. Although a skeptic at first, Thomas ended up seeing far greater than any of the other disciples.

Jesus’s statement, “Blessed are those who have not seen yet believe” may have seemed aimed Thomas, but it was actually aimed at people who have not physically seen Him, like us.

Although Thomas may not have been perfect, we may learn something from him. Questioning God may allow us to grow spiritually. God finds ways to reveal Himself to us when we do. It is actually a good practice to ask God questions when in doubt, rather than follow Him blindly without knowing what you are doing. Once your questions are answered, you have a deeper understanding of God and your relationship with Him becomes deeper.

Prayers that are sincere and heartfelt have more effect to us than recited prayers, praises and hymns, for when God reciprocates to us, we tend to receive Him wholeheartedly and see the true essence of His messages to us, rather than just blindly accept messages from Him without understanding anything. When you understand the Lord better, you appreciate Him more and learn how much He loves you. You get more of His graces this way. So do ask, and you shall receive!

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