Date: April 19, 2020
What does it take to believe? Is belief blind trust? Should the high priests have been blind to the obvious, real and dangerous realities of the oppression of Rome in first century Jerusalem? In our reading this week from John’s gospel, Thomas was honest in his refusal to believe until he had experienced the miracle of Jesus’ presence. Many of us would ask for the same revelation. We really can’t fault him. Yet we also learn with Thomas from Jesus’ instruction….”Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have come to believe.” Perhaps the key is in the phrase, “have come to believe.” Not those who are instantly sure but those who trust enough to keep on keeping. These are the ones who act upon their trust, who act themselves into believing through faith that sees beyond the obvious.