Jesus spoke in
short sentence and summed up a lot of life in a few words. His final beatitude
is in the gospel today – Blessed are
those who have not seen and yet believe.
You can unpack that little phrase and in it you realise that faith is
about things that cannot be proved, that it is not easy, and that it brings a
blessedness to life. It also includes
ourselves - the ones of 2013 who still
Something is only
by faith when everything else fades off. Our loved ones die and only faith
assures us that they are alive with God.
Only faith assures us that Jesus is present in the mystery of the bread
and wine at our Mass. Only faith assures us that he is with us when two or
three gather, and only faith assures us that what we for other we do for
him. Faith assures us of some of the
best things of live, finally that we come from God and go to God.
difficulty with all this. Jesus dealt
gently with him, pointing out the wounds of his body and inviting him to touch
them. But Thomas never needed to touch the holes in Jesus’ hands and feet. He
was told that an even better happiness was to believe without touch or
sight. He found faith now in the risen
Lord, and the faith itself was Jesus’ final gift to Thomas.
We need to take
time and let faith grow within us. This
can be in prayer, in faith-conversation and in allowing ourselves sit quietly
and be in the presence of God. In the busy world, this may be difficult, but no
day is diminished by time spend in silence and in quiet, knowing we are richly
blessed when we grow our faith in God.
Lord, I believe in your presence with me and within
me. Strengthen my belief.
Donal Neary SJ.