See Believe Do

Two weeks ago, we celebrated Easter, the Resurrection of the Christ. The proof that Jesus is the Son of God, that Jesus is God. A week later, we celebrated Divine Mercy Sunday. This is the day that the Church (you and me) pay close attention to what Jesus’ death and resurrection mean to each one of us. Yes, it has a singular meaning for each of us. And only we, the individual, know what that meaning is for us.

Yesterday, the Gospel takes us one step further. The words of the Gospel show us how difficult it was for the Apostles to believe in what they SAW. Their teacher, their friend stands before them. He shows them the imprint of the nails in His hands and feet. He shows them the hole in his side from the spear that was thrust into Him. They could not believe their senses. This was too much for them, because their mind told them, “This cannot be so.” Jesus sits down with them and asks for food. They sit and watch with their eyes wide open in disbelief, as He eats each morsel of food that they have given Him.

He is there, right in front of them, the same person that they knew only a few short days ago. They see his wounds. They hear his words. They watch as He eats and still they find it totally difficult to comprehend. Their mind won’t let them. It tells them otherwise. Finally, Christ, in His love for them, speaks of what is written in the Scriptures, and explains what is written in the Scriptures. The Son of Man must die so that the Scriptures could be fulfilled. He would die and rise up after three days. “He opened their minds”, the Gospel says. He goes on to say that repentance and forgiveness of sins should be preached in his name to all nations. He tells the Apostles that they are witnesses of these things. There it is their marching orders, what they need to do because of their belief in Him.

So what is expected of us? What are our marching orders? Yes, the Apostles lived and ate with Jesus. They saw Him work so many, many miracles. They knew that there was something special about this Man, but they couldn’t quite put their finger on what it was. We read that even though their eyes saw Him, recognized Him, their minds would not let them accept Him, embrace Him. This cannot be!! Only after Jesus opened their minds, and showed them how to believe could they live the way He wanted them to live. As a result, they went out and preached (showing with their lives) what repentance and forgiveness was all about.

Here we are 2000 years later. We have not seen the miracles; we have not eaten a meal with Jesus; we have not heard him preach love of others. We read these things in a book, but have not directly experienced them…or have we? We wait for our minds to be opened. We wait for some miracle to happen, so that we might be able to believe. But, until that happens, we go along avidly taking care of our needs, our wants, and our aspirations. Don’t you think the Apostles wanted to believe? Yearned to believe? Jesus saw their wanting, their yearning and He enabled their belief.

And so it is with us. We have to not only read about God, and read about Jesus, but strive, no …crave, to be at one with Him. Our lives on this earth are not to see how much we can eat, how much we can earn, how much we can possess, or how much pleasure we can experience. Wake up!! Each of us must look at our self, our direction, our true purpose in life. What have we experienced? You might cite sickness, or the death of a loved one, or injury, or poverty or many other negatives in life. But what about the times your child made you smile, and laugh? What about that internal premonition that you should take a different route? And, in doing so, you inadvertently avoided something bad that happened along the original planned route. What about the feelings of wanting to help someone? The point is that Jesus is with us continually. Guiding us, loving us and showing us what we can and can’t do, should and shouldn’t do. Those inner voices, those mental warnings, those feelings of danger… do you really think that they are yours?

It is only by our yearning to believe, our wanting to believe and doing everything that we can to grow in those desires, only then will those desires actually be fulfilled. Christ sees us more clearly than we see ourselves. He knows when we are just kidding ourselves and seeking other goals. “Oh, I believe, it’s just that…” We are really good at putting up fake barriers. To the question of our belief, maybe the real answer is: I am not ready right now, or, I want to seek other things first, or, I just can’t seem to focus on all of that religious stuff or, I don’t understand it. To all of those answers that we pose to our self, we need to ask one more question: WHY?. Why am I not ready right now? Why do I want to seek other things first? Why can’t I focus on all that religious stuff? Why don’t I understand it? The answer to this WHY will bring us closer to the risen Christ.

Here are some other Posts that blend with this one. Continue the thread:

1) God’S Touch In Our Lives
2) Help My Unbelief
3) If You Hear My Voice
4) Head Or Gut- Brain Or Heart?
5) Who Do You Say I Am?