FROM THE SERVANT GENERAL
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY
TO BELIEVE IS TO SEE
April 3, 2016
Today’s gospel: John 20:19-31
The resurrected Jesus appeared to the disciples (v.19) but “Thomas, called Didymus, one of the Twelve, was not with them when Jesus came.’ (v.24). So even with the testimony of the others, he did not believe. A week later, Jesus again appeared to them, this time with Thomas present (v.26). Thomas believed. Jesus said to him, “Have you come to believe because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and have believed.” (v.29).
In the secular world, to see is to believe. In the world of faith, to believe is to see.
While many Jews came to faith in Christ, many others, up to today, have not accepted Jesus as the Messiah, as the Savior and Lord. This paved the way for the entry of the Gentiles. This is why we, and one-third of the world today, are Christian (at least nominally). We are among those who did not see the physical resurrected Jesus, but we have believed.
This is still the challenge of evangelization today. It is especially challenging since the resurrection of Jesus has been almost two millennia ago. For us evangelizers, we preach the resurrected Christ, and we rely on the Holy Spirit to touch the hearts and minds, and eyes, of people so that they can see by believing. Jesus sent forth the disciples, and us, filling us with the Holy Spirit, who is the agent of evangelization. “Receive the holy Spirit.” (v.22b).
May the Holy Spirit work in and through us, so that “you may come to believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that through this belief you may have life in his name.” (v.31). Amen!
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