Caravaggio got it wrong and ever so right. It was the entire hand which went into the side, touching the pierced Heart of Jesus, still beating. But surely Thomas’ timid hand had to be guided by Jesus. Yikes!
Today will be a wonderful day in the Lord’s mercy. Please God, I’ll be reporting on that a bit later this evening.
For now, here’s an excerpt from the rosary rant on the Resurrection:
only Thomas needed not only to see with his eyes, but also to touch with his hands. Jesus, ever so good and so kind, permits just this, with a bit of ferocity. I, for one, can only imagine that Thomas is overwhelmed, and cannot for a second bring himself to touch Jesus and those gaping wounds of His, Jesus being so majestic in His resurrection. Thomas is crushed with shame and repentance and joy and… and… shame once again…
Surely Jesus had to take Thomas’ finger and shove it through the holes in His hands. Surely Jesus had to take his hand, his hand mind you, and shove that right into His side, right into His still pierced open Sacred Heart, which, though pierced open, was beating with life, with love for us, despite the worst violence that we could vomit upon Him. He now had the right in justice to have mercy on us, having taken on what we deserve, the worst we can give out, death. He had and has the right to give us life.
Thomas had to feel this life with his hands, beating, again and again…
Thomas then — how could He not drop to His knees in thankful adoration of Him who was now the object of his belief: “My Lord and my God!” he exclaims, unable to say more of his regret, repentance, joy…
Thomas was the one to exclaim: Let us go! We will die with you!He let bitterness of feeling sorry for himself overtake him. Jesus knows how to cure this. In this way and that, He can do the same with us, also through each other, shoving our hands spiritually, as it were, right into His Heart. If Jesus wants us to believe, even though we do not see Him or touch Him, He will have us believe. We must cooperate with His grace, keeping us with the sacraments, persevering in our poor attempts to pray… but He will work with that and provide everything for us, Himself, actually. We receive Him in the Most Blessed Sacrament and speak with Him, heart with Sacred Heart, not so much cor ad Cor loquitur (heart speaking to Heart) but cor cum Cordis loquitur (heart speaking with Heart).
Jesus, risen from the dead, joyous to show us His goodness and kindness and Divine Mercy.
BTW. Today’s a most wonderful day to go to Confession. There is most likely some Churches dedicated to gathering priests together to hear confessions during Divine Mercy Sunday devotions. Go ahead! Today’s the day! Put your hand right into the side of Christ and touch that Sacred Heart. Jesus loves you so much. He wants this for you, today!