Some thoughts on Quasimodogeniti

The disciples were behind closed doors.  Like the blind man of John 9 was behind the close doors of his eyes.  Neither he nor they could see.  But Jesus opened the eyes of them both.

The Jews of John 9 didn’t believe that Jesus had opened the blind man’s eyes. Thomas doubted that Jesus had appeared to the other disciples.

Thomas probably didn’t doubt the resurrection.  He doubted that they’d seen Jesus.  Just like at the end of Matthew when “some doubted”. What did they doubt?  Surely not the resurrection: there He was in the flesh! No, they doubted that He would come back. They doubted that He would stay with them.  They doubted His presence among them and with them.

Not too many people that we preach to on Sunday morning doubt that Jesus rose from the dead.  Not that they think about it a lot, but very few could be classified as doubters.  But how many believe that Jesus reveals Himself to His disciples? How many doubt that Jesus is among them or with them?  How many would say, “Unless I see Him standing here, I will not believe that He is here.”  Blessed are those who believe and do not see.

Jesus does not reveal Himself to His disciples like He did on that first day of the resurrection.  He no longer appears as a man to those who confess His name and follow the way.  Now He makes Himself known in the breaking of the bread.  Blessed are you have not seen and yet confess with Thomas, “My Lord and my God!”