A July Faith Formation Series – Part IV – APOSTOLIC
July 29, 2016
June 30, 2020
“Blessed are those who have not seen and have believed.”
April 7, 2018
One of the beautiful Beatitudes, right? No. These are the words Jesus spoke to his disciples when after his Resurrection Thomas needed proof that Jesus had truly risen from the dead. Jesus invited him to touch his wounds, to put his hands into his side and only then did Thomas declare: “My Lord and my God!”
How might you have reacted to the Risen Lord? Would you be shocked or filled with anxiety when he appeared before you? Would you believe it was truly Jesus or would you need proof like Thomas?
I can only imagine how it must have been as the disciples were held up in a room fearing what might happen to them if they ventured out into their community, a community who in unison had cried, “Crucify him! Crucify him!” Yet into this small room enters Jesus; not an angry Jesus, not a Jesus seeking revenge for how he had been abandoned or betrayed by his closest friends, but Jesus as the Son of God, Risen, who spoke words of love and comfort; “Peace be with you.” And not just once, he repeated it again. Jesus is indeed alive!
We are the blessed people who have not seen and have believed. By our faith in Jesus Christ gifted to us in baptism we are truly blessed. However, there does remain a mystery, as in all sacraments; how is it that today we believe in Jesus Christ who ascended from this earth some two thousand years ago? By faith we believe. By the Catholic Church, the one apostolic Church, with a history that can be traced back to the day Jesus first appeared after his Resurrection.
We have so much to be grateful for; a loving, merciful and forgiving God who offers peace after an extreme act of violence against his own Son. It is almost too much to take in that in the life, death and Resurrection of Jesus we are forgiven for our sins – once and for all! God fully revealed himself in his Son that we might come to know and believe how much he loves us and how through the actions of God himself, we receive eternal life.
Do you believe in all you have come to know? Do you believe you have a place with God forever in heaven?
Do you live your life in such a way that others know you belong to Jesus Christ? Do you see Jesus in every person and make effort to offer God’s peace to them?
Let us all live as an Easter people; blessed, loved, redeemed and saved. Let us continue our faith journey convinced of our salvation in Jesus Christ that we might share the Good News of the Risen Jesus with the world. For as a people who have not seen Jesus in the flesh and yet believe, we bring hope to the world as we profess our Risen Lord.