Flesh and Blood, truly risen, Alleluia!
In today’s Gospel, we read of “Doubting Thomas”. When Jesus rose from the tomb, He passed through the great stone which had been placed before it. Only afterward was the stone rolled back by the Angel in order that His followers might see the truth – that the Lord is truly risen! That evening, Jesus passed through the doors of the Upper Room and appeared in the midst of the Apostles. demonstrating to them that He was truly risen in living flesh, showing them His hands and feet.
Now Thomas was not present at this remarkable event and doubted very much. “Except I shall see in His hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the place of the nails, and put my hand into His side, I will not believe.” And so here we are, eight days later, in the same Upper Room, doors again closed “for fear of the Jews”, but this time, Thomas is with them.
Again, Jesus passed through the closed doors and appeared in their midst. After bidding them “Peace”, Our Lord generously said to the Doubter, “Put in thy finger hither, and see My hands, and bring hither thy hand and put it into My side, and be not faithless, but believing.” Thomas answered, “My Lord and my God!” Jesus replied, “Because thou hast seen Me, Thomas, thou hast believed; blessed are they that have not seen and have believed.”
Thus, we celebrate today the Octave of the Resurrection, the fact of the Resurrection of Our Lord Jesus Christ in living flesh and blood. This fact of the living flesh of Jesus Christ is a stumbling block to the Modernists who now occupy the Church. To these usurpers of the faith and those who blindly stumble after them, we offer the following words of St. Margaret Mary Alacoque regarding devotion to the fact of the Resurrected Body and Blood of Christ, that is devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus.