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What do you believe is true even though you can’t prove it? For many of us today, “doubting” Thomas may be the disciple in the Easter story with whom we most identify. We may be closer to those who fear and doubt – closer to the community that locks the doors where they gather and closer to a skeptical Thomas. The author of this Gospel stated that what he had written was true. However, the community was asked believe without seeing on the basis of his testimony. They were told that if they did believe without seeing, their faith is every bit as valid as that of Thomas and the other disciples who saw Jesus.

We have to either accept or reject the testimony that this Gospel contains about Jesus. The difference is that we have a tremendous advantage over the original community. We have the testimony of the other Gospels, the letters of Paul, the rest of the second testament and the first   testament upon which to base our faith as well. We also have the testimony of over 2000 years of Christian faith and tradition that consistently affirms the validity of this faith. Let’s look for the presence of the risen Lord among us and learn about the power of the Holy Spirit to be with us. God’s word today challenges us to this simple truth – to experience the presence of Jesus in our lives always   depends on faith.

Jesus has given us some very powerful signs in which he remains present to us – His living word, the sacraments – in particular the Eucharist and in our love and service to one another. All we have to do is to open our hearts and minds to the presence and power of the spirit. Faith is not a solitary experience. Open faith draws us into a Community of believers forming the body of Christ and the temple of the Holy Spirit. Within the community we are nourished and sustained in faith. We are also challenged to take a more active part in the life of the Christian community of believers. Faith grows and deepens through the trials and troubles of life. As year by year we struggle with our daily difficulties – big and small – we learn the meaning of this insight. Religious belief   requires an element of faith in the absence of absolute scientific proof. Even science relies on theories that have not yet proven to guide its search for facts. Like Thomas, we are asked to believe and respond to our own profession of faith, even though we have not seen the   risen Christ. “Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have come to believe.” Do we believe in the risen Christ as our Lord, the resurrection and the eternal life in the Kingdom of Heaven?

by Deacon Paul Kennedy







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