"Jesus said to him, "have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet come to believe."" (John 20:29)
It is hard to believe but we started this believe series over 6 weeks ago. As we finish the series it is time for the "other" season we have around here -- road construction -- to start. So I am wondering which road signs do you question? Prayerfully you believe the speed limit signs -- although I know many people only think they are a suggestion. We believe the Highway signs that tell us which Highway we are on or crossing. What about, though, a "BUMP" sign? Do we believe it or question it?
Today's Gospel reading is in John approximately a week after Jesus resurrection. (v. 26) Jesus is, once again, appearing to His Disciples. "Although the doors were shut, Jesus came and stood among them." (v. 26b) The difference, this time, is everyone is there -- even Thomas. Before we wonder about Thomas, and doubts, lets remember none of the Disciples believed the women.... at first. They all had doubts. They all had questions. Jesus greets them with "Peace be with you." (v. 26c) Jesus knows their doubts and fears. Jesus knows our doubts and fears. Jesus says now, like He did then, "Peace be with you." (v. 26c)
Personally I think the bumps "they" don't warn us about are worse than the ones with the "Bump Ahead" signs. The changes, the bumps, we have all been feeling are challenging and scary -- even the ones that have NOTHING to do with quarantines, shots, masks or anything else with the Pandemic. As Caregivers we have enough changes and challenges happening. Jesus IS still saying "Peace be with you." Do we believe it? Or are we doubting and questioning it?
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