John 20: 24-29
verse 29: Then Jesus told him, “Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”
I have never carefully read this passage, I guess. Today I notice this: Thomas had made his comments to the disciples who had seen Jesus. A week later, when they were all together, in a locked room, Jesus appeared. He greeted them, and then went right to Thomas. “Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.“ Jesus knew Thomas had doubted his return. God knows our hearts. But a wonderful comforting piece for me is Jesus’ acceptance of Thomas. He knew Thomas had doubts, but also knew Thomas loved and believed him. Doubt is a funny thing. For me, it comes and goes, like an especially bad mood. Jesus asks us to believe through all of these moods. We have the privilege of being blessed as “those who have not seen and yet have believed.” I know now God recognizes this can be difficult at times.
Holy Father, you are so patient and steadfast in your love for me. How can I ever lose faith or doubt you for even a moment? The closer I grow to you, the stronger our bond. Help me, Lord. Amen