Have you come to believe because you have seen me?

A few days I wrote on my blog asking if anyone had seen Christ?  Whether you have or have not, yesterday’s Gospel offered one of the most comforting lines in the Gospel – directed towards all of us.  Christ’s words to Thomas ring true to all of us some 2000 years later.  What words do I speak of?

Blessed are those who have not seen and have believed.

In my youth I believed because I was told to believe by my Mom and Dad.  As a teenager, my belief was only strengthened through my education at school; my retreats at school; my growing participation in the Liturgy as a member of a choir or an accompanist on the piano or organ.  As a young adult, my faith was again bolstered thru the sacrament of Marriage because my wife Sarah became a that “window” for me that I could look through and see Christ; also witnessing the miracle of life is something I will never forget; I am also inspired by my family and my friends.  As I continue to grow older, I can see how the hand of God has worked seamlessly in my life, protecting me when I’m in need of protection, guiding me and putting me in places where I need to be at any given moment in time; inspiring me through simple thoughts or complex thoughts.  I can honestly profess to you that my belief in God has only grown stronger each day that I’m alive to witness or experience it.

Do I need to touch the wounds of Christ like Thomas?  Do I need that physical proof of touching Christ to know that Jesus conquered death?  I do not and I pray for all of those who struggle in their faith.  Faith is a gift from God; but like all gifts, we need to accept them, embrace them and make them our own.

Do something great for our Lord today – embrace your faith.  Believe in God, believe in the Gospel and blessed shall you be.  This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.  Amen.  Alleluia.

God’s will, not mine, be done.

Be not afraid; just have faith.

Jesus, I trust in You.

He must increase; I must decrease.

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