July 3, 2015
(St. Thomas, Apostle)
Brothers and sisters: You are no longer strangers and sojourners, but you are fellow citizens with the holy ones and members of the household of God, built upon the foundation of the Apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the capstone. Eph 2:19-22
Jesus said to him (Thomas), “Have you come to believe because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and have believed.” Jn 20:24-29
St. Thomas, who we all affectionately know as “doubting Thomas,” gives us the classic example of the old cliche’ “Seeing is believing.” The problem is – if we hold too strongly to that philosophy, there’s a whole lot of Life that we’re going to miss out on.
Yet, on the other hand, if we believe everything we hear or even see, especially today – in our virtual, computer generated world, we’ll often find ourselves taken advantage of and maybe even hurt.
So where’s the happy medium?
And where does God, where does Jesus fit into all of this?
Well, we might call the happy medium, “Educated Risk.” It’s not jumping at believing every little thing we see or hear. But it IS – doing a little background research, and then taking our best guess at – whether we should believe or not.
You see, Thomas wasn’t stubbornly disbelieving, as it might appear at first glance. Thomas did follow Jesus. He listened, he watched and he was even willing to die with his Master. Just like all the other apostles, Thomas believed that Jesus was their Messiah. But they didn’t see Jesus as a Spiritual Savior, who would redeem their souls for eternity. They believed that He was going to Physically save them from their oppression by the Romans, – in their own – here and now.
And what they Physically saw, was those same Romans beat and kill their “supposed” Savior – the one, in whose hands they put their trust and their very lives.
You see, Thomas was hurt.
He trusted Jesus, to an extent . . .
And then his doubt and his anxiety took over – when those greatest fears of his all seemed to come true. So of course, Thomas’ response to the Apostles’ outrageous claim that Jesus was resurrected, was “Sure, tell me another miracle!”
Would WE have thought any differently?
And as for Educated Risk: Those apostles may have been poor, but they weren’t dumb. They knew their Scriptures. And they had seen other people claim to be the Messiah, and get themselves killed. But there was something different about Jesus . . . Something that drew them. Something that convinced them that He truly WAS the One!
And they TOOK that Risk.
And they SAW the Miracles.
And they HEARD the Wisdom.
And if they hung in there until the VERY end . . . which they almost all did, save for Judas, it would ALL pan out in the end . . . A very different end, than they all expected. But it was well worth the journey!
And now it’s up to us. We’ve already taken the risk. We’ve given our lives over to this unseen and unknown God. So now the question is, Do we believe strong enough to SHARE? Is it worth – ETERNITY?
Jesus tells us that it is!
And the Holy Spirit guarantees it!
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