Sunday, May 8, 2016

Those who have not seen and yet believe

Eight days after Christ’s glorious resurrection from the dead, He appeared for a second time to His Disciples. This time Thomas was present unlike the first time Christ appeared to them. Just eight days earlier Jesus had appeared to His Disciples, but since Thomas wasn’t in the room to witness it for himself with his own eyes and hands, he found it impossible to believe. Now eight days later, Thomas could see and touch Jesus and he said, “’My Lord and My God’. Jesus said to him, ‘Thomas, because you have seen Me, you have believed. Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.’” (John 20.28-29)

The truth of the resurrection is something that without God’s grace and the help of the Holy Spirit, is impossible to believe. God blessed many in the days following His glorious resurrection by appearing to many, and because of those witnesses we have received the Gospel stories of His resurrection. Since the first days, the Church has continued to message the Disciples first said to Thomas, “We have seen the Lord.” (John 20.25)

Now is our chance to respond with the words of Thomas, “My Lord and My God.” We have not seen, and yet we are asked to believe. God has promised blessings for us because of our faith. If you are finding it hard to speak the words of Thomas, consider the other voices – the myrrh bearing women, the Ever-Virgin Mary, the thousands who witnessed Jesus alive after His Crucifixion. Finally consider the Church which has stood as His witness to the world for twenty centuries. If you still struggle to call Jesus your Lord and God, ask Him for help. He will provide what you need to believe. He helped Thomas, He will help you.

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