for Sunday, May 1, 2011
Unless I see, I will not believe. That is so like many of us. We want to
see, we want physical proofs, we want physical miracles that don't allow
disbelief. Blessed are those who have not seen and have believed.
Each of us has a path to faith is his or her life. Faith is a truly
personal gift and the choice to accept faith as a gift is also very
personal. These first Christians seem to have evangelized by the way the
lived together. When we hear the first reading today from the Acts of the
Apostles, it seems to paint such a wonderful picture of the harmony of the
early Christian community.
We know, however, from the Acts itself and from the letters of Saint Paul
that life was not always harmonious. It was and is a struggle to live in a
community completely devoted to Jesus Christ, whether that is a family
community, a parish community or a religious community or some other type
of community. It is just not easy to live together.
Yet it is right at the point of conflict in any community that we are
invited to put our finger into the wound and to believe. As we meditate on
the death and resurrection of the Lord, it was not something beautiful, but
something almost obscene. It was not glory moving to resurrection but
humiliation. When we meet up with defects and sins and ugliness in
community, we are walking the way of the Cross and we must believe that out
of the defects, sins and ugliness, God still is forming and bringing about
The First Letter of Peter tells us today that in his great mercy God gave
us a new birth to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ.
This is the same message as from the Acts of the Apostles. We must learn
how to place all that seems broken in the hands of a living and loving God,
and believe that God is making beauty, goodness and love from it. As we
begin to believe, we not only soften, we come to be like Saint Thomas the
Apostle: just a little embarrassed because we had doubted so much.
Let us pray today that we can resolutely look at all that seems sinful,
ugly, not of God, destructive and so on - and yet embrace it all as part of
God's creation and know that in our faith, God is transforming us and our
world. Let us believe in resurrection because Christ is truly risen.
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