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Believing even when it doesn’t make sense

Believing even when it doesn’t make sense

 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.” (Jn 20-25:29)

 

 Referring to John’s Gospel  about the doubting apostle Thomas, Carlo Carretto (1910-1988), a member of the Little Brothers of Jesus, once explained his own struggles to believe. “Look at the (world’s) injustices, look at the hungry, look what a hell human life has become!” he said. If some unimaginable horror befalls you – say, your child is killed – even the most faithful must ask, why didn’t God intervene? How can I believe God is real? “This is why I shall never cease to say that the most exhausting thing in my life has been believing,” he wrote. “I think this must also be true for you.” But Carretto said he also knows, and he has “experienced this a thousand times, that when I believe…I upset the real, I overcome my own gravitational weight, I enter the orbit of light, I live a divine reality, I realize the kingdom within me, I conquer the world surrounding and trying to stifle me. “When I believe, I am no longer a mere man, I am already a Son of God.”

 by Margery Eagan