I think I already wrote about the doubt among the disciples in my brief reflection of Easter Sunday and just wanted to put in the quote from the heading: "Be not unbelieving, but believing!" (Jn 20:19-31) as a continuation of the article.
In the last few days I did get the opportunity to go to Rome for a few days to meet a few friends I know who are studying in the Eternal City, and it really ties in nicely on the line "be not unbelieving, but believing!", at least for me!
It was great to be back in St. Peters Square, an experience that very much moved me the first time I was there two years ago on Palm Sunday.
In a way this atmosphere, and I guess the whole atmosphere of being on a pilgrimage, it that we get a touch of the peace of God, a touch of this presence: "Peace be with you." (Joh 20:26 RSV)
This then brings us to proclaim as Thomas did "My Lord and my God!" (Joh 20:28 RSV), we realise that our faith is not an empty belief in words of others, but we see it ourselves, we feel and touch it, we experience it and we realise deep in ourselves that it is more!
It was a wonderful week in which I met a few old friends, and also made a few new ones. A week of visiting some of the most beautiful churches in the world, standing in the most Holy Places you can find... it really leaves a sense of eternity behind...