I thought of this small piece of text because today is sometimes called “Thomas Sunday.” It is the second Sunday of Easter on which many churches read the story of “Doubting” Thomas. He was someone who wanted to see for himself.
We can all relate to Thomas, after all “seeing is believing.” But sometimes you cannot see how things will turn out. No matter how many times God showed Abram the land, Abram still questioned the promise (see Gen 15:3). And no matter how much we “look” for the end to our current chaos, most experts (and honest politicians) have no idea how this pandemic will end. Today the New York times consulted some twenty experts about what the next year or two will be like and the result was quite “fuzzy.” We just cannot see clearly.
And that is where the story of Thomas becomes important, for Jesus gently taught Thomas, “Blessed are those who have not seen, and yet believe.” That is how God invites us to live, even now — trusting him and not relying on our own vision or that of others.
So, as we look about this land today, believing is what makes true seeing possible.
Peace be with you,