The Power to Believe

John 20: 24-29
Eph 2: 19-22 / Ps 117: 1- 2

Have you come to believe because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and have believed.
(John 20:29)

“They will see greater things ahead
Who have not seen and yet believe.”
This is what our Lord Jesus said,
Trust His Word, and we will receive.

Thomas, called Didymus, one of the Twelve, was not with them when Jesus came. So the other disciples said to him, “We have seen the Lord.” But he said to them, “Unless I see the marks of the nails in His hands and put my finger into the nail marks, and put my hand into His side, I will not believe.” Now a week later, His disciples were again inside and Thomas was with them. Jesus came, although the doors were locked, and stood in their midst, and said, “Peace be with you.” Then He said to Thomas, “Put your finger here and see my hands, and bring your hand and put it into my side, and do not be unbelieving, but believe.” Thomas answered and said to Him, “My Lord and my God!” Jesus said to him, “Have you come to believe because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and have believed.” (John 20: 24-29)

Reflection

In a subtle rebuke to His doubting apostle Thomas, Jesus said, “Blessed are those who have not seen and have believed.” To another apostle, Nathanael, Jesus had also said, “Do you believe because I told you that I saw you under the fig tree? You will see greater things than this” (Jn.1:50). Indeed, to those of us who had not seen the wonders that Jesus performed, and yet simply believe the Word of God in the Bible, greater things have indeed been manifested in the course of time. We have seen how the Church has grown, in spite of the persecutions of Christians through the ages. We have been witness to the conversions of hardened sinners and former non-believers, the healing of incurable diseases, and other miracles that happen in our lives. We have seen many wonders that Thomas or Nathanael and the other apostles could not even imagine man was ever capable of doing, like landing on the moon, communicating with anyone anywhere in the world, or harnessing the power of the sun, or even travelling faster than the speed of sound. Who knows what other marvels man is capable of achieving in the future because he believes?

The Bible tells us that we are made in the image and likeness of God. Since God created the universe, then He must have purposed man (His greatest creation) to be a creator too, in a microscopic way, and His collaborator, in a manner of speaking. Of course the inspiration to be creative comes from God Himself, but in His great love for us, He has given man various talents and abilities, as well as a powerful will to explore the unknown, and the faith to believe that if it is for the good, then our endeavors will succeed. Such visionaries like Leonardo da Vinci (arts and machines), Benjamin Franklin (electricity), Alexander G. Bell (communications), Thomas Edison (no doubter this, for countless inventions, aside from the light bulb), Louis Pasteur (medicine), Henry Ford (Model T mass production of cars by assembly line), George Washington Carver (biochemical engineering in agriculture), Steve Jobs (computers, mobile phones, animations), and countless geniuses of our time who have made life easier for man, and proven true the words of our Lord Jesus that “greater things will be seen” by those who believe.

We do not have to be geniuses or visionaries to succeed in the most important quest in our life. We only need to believe the Word of our Lord Jesus Christ, and practice what we believe. Thomas believed only because he saw the Lord Jesus in the flesh. We believe because, although we do not see Him, we are privileged to receive Him in the Holy Eucharist. That may be the reason why we are more blessed.

Lord, let there be no doubt in my heart that You live within me when I receive You in the Holy Eucharist. May it sustain my faith in You all the days of my life. Amen.

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