THE SERVANT GENERAL
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY
TO BELIEVE IS TO SEE
Today’s gospel: John 20:19-31
The resurrected Jesus appeared to the disciples (v.19) but
“Thomas, called Didymus, one of the Twelve, was not
with them when Jesus came.’ (v.24). So even with the
testimony of the others, he did not believe. A week later,
Jesus again appeared to them, this time with Thomas present
(v.26). Thomas believed. Jesus said to him, “Have you
come to believe because you have seen me? Blessed are those
who have not seen and have believed.” (v.29).
the secular world, to see is to believe. In the world of faith,
to believe is to see.
many Jews came to faith in Christ, many others, up to today,
have not accepted Jesus as the Messiah, as the Savior and
Lord. This paved the way for the entry of the Gentiles. This
is why we, and one-third of the world today, are Christian
(at least nominally). We are among those who did not see the
physical resurrected Jesus, but we have believed.
is still the challenge of evangelization today. It is especially
challenging since the resurrection of Jesus has been almost
two millennia ago. For us evangelizers, we preach the resurrected
Christ, and we rely on the Holy Spirit to touch the hearts
and minds, and eyes, of people so that they can see by believing.
Jesus sent forth the disciples, and us, filling us with the
Holy Spirit, who is the agent of evangelization. “Receive
the holy Spirit.” (v.22b).
the Holy Spirit work in and through us, so that “you
may come to believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of
God, and that through this belief you may have life in his
name.” (v.31). Amen!