In John 20:26, Jesus instructs Thomas to not doubt, but believe. As with many of us, such faith was difficult for Thomas. He wanted proof – he needed to touch the actual wounds. Only then could he surrender to the good news of the risen Christ. Jesus replied, “Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have come to believe.”
Coming to believe can certainly seem a strange journey, set by an unseen compass. Often, we are tempted to believe that we are getting nowhere, and we are uncomfortable with that. We yearn to be rooted in the tangible. We want those things that we can see. Yet, in this passage Jesus celebrates those who do not need to touch and see, but who are willing to let their hearts be moved by that which may not be readily apparent. That is indeed faith – the willingness to believe even when belief does not make sense. That is also the beauty of the Holy Spirit. It often defies logic, and it can never be packaged, labeled, and tracked. It never goes on sale. It is pure gift that can only be received.
God’s love knows no boundaries so let us continue our journeys together. Let us practice the belief in resurrection. Such daring belief can truly take us to the “heart of the matter.” There, we will find God.
Rev. Sue Ann