“Because you have seen me, you have believed,” Jesus said to Thomas; “but blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”
In one sense, I envy the disciples and their experience of being able to see Jesus after the resurrection, of being able to touch his wounds and hear his voice. What an incredible experience that must have been. But while I envy that particular experience I do not require that experience, and neither should you. Stop attempting to see in order to believe, Jesus said, but believe in the fulfillment of what God promised, and then you will see.
In John’s Gospel today, the Sunday after Easter, we have a story that we know all too well; a story about being held captive by a tiny stake that has the power and ability to hold back an elephant, a story about a tiny little stake called doubt.
The message is really quite simple—belief is first—sight is what follows. Even the good news today is rather straight-forward—when we believe we become part of something more than just our perceived reality, we become part of something beyond physical touch and narrow sight. We become part of those who are blessed because we believe.