July 3, 2019
(St. Thomas, Apostle)
Resurrected Jesus said to Thomas, “Put your finger here and see my hands, and bring your hand and put it into my side, and do not be unbelieving, but believe.” Thomas answered and said to him, “My Lord and my God!” Jesus said to him, “Have you come to believe because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and have believed.” Jn_20:24-29
We actually don’t have enough fingers and toes to count the number of things and people we believe without seeing and without proof. Names like, George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Napoleon, Padre Pio, atoms and molecules, galaxies and germs. They may all have had some influence on our lives today, and may still do. But in essence we have to take our historians, theologians and doctors word for it that if we take this little chip of very expensive medicine, that invisible germ will be stopped from killing us. And if we don’t believe, well, we’ll just have to suffer the consequences of doing nothing.
We can’t see Jesus either. But do we believe? Do we believe strong enough to count on Him to keep that rain from coming until we’re done mowing the lawn. Do we believe that He placed that cloud right there to keep the 90 degree, 8:30 in the morning, heat of the sun off our heads long enough to do some of our outside work early? Do we believe Jesus can calm our anxieties and heal our illnesses?
When we can move from simple belief to action based on that belief, beloved, then we’ve moved to “faith.” Jesus told Thomas that WE who believe in Him will be blessed. And those blessings can take any form we can imagine. Then, when we move that belief to faith, Jesus tells us, we can even move mountains. Ever move a mountain, beloved, based on your prayers to Jesus? Miraculous, inexplicable healings, control of Mother Nature, restored relationships can all be possible with a little faith!
Believe! And have Faith!
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