Believing Is Seeing

Every morning as I get out of bed I reach for my glasses because without them I really can't see much.  My vision is bad enough that I need a pretty drastic correction. I view the world through my glasses.  In this Sunday's Gospel we see one of the disciples who needed to have his vision corrected.

On the evening of that first day of the week, when the doors were locked, where the disciples were, for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood in their midst and said to them, “Peace be with you.” When he had said this, he showed them his hands and his side. The disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord.  Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you.  As the Father has sent me, so I send you.” And when he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit. Whose sins you forgive are forgiven them, and whose sins you retain are retained.”  Thomas, called Didymus, one of the Twelve, was not with them when Jesus came. So the other disciples said to him, “We have seen the Lord.” But he said to them “Unless I see the mark of the nails in his hands and put my finger into the nail marks and put my hand into his side, I will not believe.”

Now a week later his disciples were again inside and Thomas was with them. Jesus came, although the doors were locked, and stood in their midst and said, “Peace be with you.” Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here and see my hands, and bring your hand and put it into my side, and do not be unbelieving, but believe.”  Thomas answered and said to him, “My Lord and my God!” Jesus said to him, “Have you come to believe because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and have believed.”

Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of his disciples that are not written in this book. But these are written that you may come to believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that through this belief you may have life in his name.  John 20:19-31

Thomas can't take it on faith that his friends have seen the Risen Jesus.  He needs to see and touch Jesus for himself.  Imagine how Thomas must have felt when Jesus appeared right before his unbelieving eyes.  Everything becomes clear for Thomas in that instant. Thomas sees that Jesus is alive.  More importantly, he comes to understand and believe that Jesus is "My Lord and my God!"  It is as if Thomas has put on a pair of glasses that brings everything into focus.  Jesus continues to give additional "sight" to Thomas and the disciples by pointing out that, "Blessed are those who have not seen and have believed."

You and I have not seen the Risen Jesus in the flesh as Thomas did.  But by that same Spirit that Jesus breathed upon the disciples we can believe in Him.  Every morning when you wake up, reach for Jesus.  View the world through His eyes.  Allow Him to correct your vision because believing is seeing!