April 2016

To ask the question ‘why’ implies I do not understand. To say "I believe” also implies I do not understand. However in this case, I am willing to accept in a spirit of faith. In the gospel, we see Thomas struggling in  this area. In a sense it is encouraging for us to see one of the Disciples having a problem. Thomas is looking for answers – for proof. We are reminded that having faith does not imply having answers. We are told that the disciples saw and believed. The continuing challenge we face is to find ways of integrating our life of faith with all that is part of everyday life. This is particularly true in our fast moving electronic age. While the constant flow of information has its benefits, it also challenges us to give ourselves some stopping times – "Come and see” Jn1:39,46,  "Come and have breakfast” Jn 21:12.  We notice the way in which Jesus invites. There is no reprimand for having deserted him. "The sheep that belong to me, listen to my voice” Jn 10:27. To allow ourselves to stop and listen can be quite demanding for many of us at times. We can become anxious if we have to wait, we even run on moving escalators! In our desire for answers, we may risk losing touch with insight. Hence the importance of givinging ourselves time an spce to ponder the mystery rather than trying to understand it. When the disciples asked Jesus, are you the One, his answer was to refer them to the signs. He wanted them to make their own discovery and make their own response. "Out beyond ideas of right and wrong, there is a field”, wrote Rumi, "I’ll meet you there”.

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