The Second Sunday of Easter is often called “Thomas Sunday,” since it is the day on which we read one of the most beloved of all Gospel stories, the tale of the man unfortunately known as “Doubting Thomas.” I say “unfortunately” because I think that this is somewhat of an unfair moniker. After all, Thomas was one of the most faithful disciples among the Twelve, and he can be forgiven for having a hard time believing the other disciples when they said that Jesus had risen from the dead. He’s a reminder to all of us who struggle with faith and doubt, toggling between the two from month to month, day to day, and sometimes even hour to hour.
All of us want, like Thomas did, physical proof of God’s presence in our lives. And that’s one reason that the Daily Examen is so helpful. It invites us every day to look not at the kind of dramatic revelation that Thomas had of the Risen Christ, but on the somewhat quieter moments of revelation: a phone call that lifts our spirits, an email that brings good news, a book that helps us to understand things better. And more: people and places, things in the natural world, love. God is being revealed to us every moment of the days. And so all these moments should make us say what Thomas says to Jesus, when we realize who it is who is speaking to us: “My Lord and My God!”