Believe When You Can't See
Do you ever find it difficult to believe in things that you haven't witnessed before your eyes? Probably, I mean, you're not going to believe that the new Avengers movie is absolutely amazing based on what you hear, you're going to want to see it yourself right? Oh course, myself included! We don't typically believe in what we cannot see, and experience for ourselves, which can make finding faith challenging. However, that's what makes it faith, we have hope that there is a greater purpose for our lives, that we will be at peace in God's Kingdom when we no longer physically exist on this world. It can be hard to trust in what you don't see, but if you were able to see if all, there wouldn't be as great of a feeling of hope, because God would be typical and ordinary like you and I. Do you ever catch yourself questioning and doubting your faith because you can't see?
Today's Gospel states:'Then they told what had happened on the road, and how he was known to them in the breaking of the bread. As they were saying this, Jesus himself stood among them. But they were startled and frightened, and supposed that they saw a spirit. And he said to them, "Why are you troubled, and why do questionings rise in your hearts? See my hands and my feet, that it is I myself; handle me, and see; for a spirit has not flesh and bones as you see that I have." And while they still disbelieved for joy, and wondered, he said to them, "Have you anything here to eat?" They gave him a piece of broiled fish, and he took it and ate before them. Then he said to them, "These are my words which I spoke to you, while I was still with you, that everything written about me in the law of Moses and the prophets and the psalms must be fulfilled." Then he opened their minds to understand the scriptures, and said to them, "Thus it is written, that the Christ should suffer and on the third day rise from the dead, and that repentance and forgiveness of sins should be preached in his name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem. You are witnesses of these things' (Luke 24:35-48).
Today's reading talks about how Jesus shows the disciples the spots on his hands and feet where he had taken the nails. The disciples had doubted his resurrection, thinking that their Messiah really had died, some until the point where they actually see and feel the wounds in his hands and side. If we had to rely on our senses, sight and touch, in order to believe in anything, we wouldn't have faith in a whole lot. Jesus wants us to have faith even when we cannot see, but through the expressions of love we see, through the actions that are made in his name. Take some time to pray and ask God to help you in your unbelief.
Today we pray:
Thank You for helping me to have faith in You. Help me in my unbelief.
I pray in Your name, Amen.