“It is in pardoning that we are pardoned.” -St. Francis

Pastor’s Desk

FrAlbeen

 

BELIEVING IS NOT SEEING

If God were to tell me,  “I want to deprive you of all your faculties except one; which do you want to keep?” I will tell him,  “Leave me with my eyes.”  Our sight is the most perfect and most delightful of all our senses. Therefore the hunger of the eye is not to be despised. It is no wonder that St. Thomas was insisting that he must see the risen Christ with his eyes in order to believe. But strangely enough,
Jesus chided him for his insistence and declared, “Blessed are they who have not seen and have believed” (Jn 20:29). To think of it, many of us are not different from St. Thomas. We may not be
insisting that we should see God with our eyes; but we often put similar conditions for belief.  Frankly, is it possible to believe in the risen Jesus without seeing him? One way of reasoning is as follows: after the death of Jesus his disciples were completely distraught. But on Easter Sunday something changed them in an amazing way. Suddenly they exploded with joy and happiness: unless they had seen the risen Christ, such a transformation was not possible. Or we can believe in the risen Lord by trusting the testimony of the Scripture: therefore believing without seeing is possible. Such a faith in the risen Lord has mighty power, precisely because it comes without seeing him. 

Fr. Albeen