Today is the Feast of St. Thomas the Apostle, a saint to whom we can all probably relate, since I think we have all had doubts from time to time in our faith life. He “saw and believed”, and Christ said to him in reply that “blessed are those who have not seen and yet believe”. That means that we are blessed for our faith.
Of course, as I said recently, we can never take our faith for granted and must continually ask God for greater faith.
In connection with St. Thomas and my stay in Mexico, I have always admired the devotion of Mexican Catholics to the Holy Eucharist. It is not uncommon at all for them to say aloud during the elevation of the host and the chalice during Holy Mass, “My Lord and My God!”. This beautiful devotion, which many of them learned from childhood, is a confession of faith and I think in a certain sense a request for a deeper faith as well.
We cannot see Christ physically present, but we know by faith that he is really and truly present in the Most Holy Eucharist. Even if we don’t say those words aloud during Mass (if you were to do so in the States you would probably get disapproving glances…), at least we might say it in our heart.
As the priest elevates the host and the chalice: “My Lord and My God!”