BELIEVING ONE ANOTHER
“…Eight days later, his disciples were again in the house, and Thomas was with them. The doors were shut, but Jesus came and stood among them, and said, ‘Peace be with you.’ Then he said to Thomas, ‘Put your finger here, and see my hands; and put out your hand, and place it in my side; do not be faithless, but believing.’ Thomas answered him, ‘My Lord and my God!’ Jesus said to him, ‘Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet believe.’ Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of the disciples, which are not written in this book; but these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing you may have life in his name.” (Jn 20: 26-31)
“These are written,” – thus St. John explains to us the purpose of his Gospel, – “that you may believe…, and that believing you may have life…” We do not “see” the risen Lord in the same way that Thomas and the other eye-witnesses saw Him. But we believe their eye-witness accounts, their life-giving testimony to His new life, because God willed it so, that we receive the gift of faith from one another, from other human beings. “Blessed are those who have not seen,” He says about us, “and yet believe” because of the testimony of other human beings. In Christ’s one Body that is the Church, His Spirit breathes new life into us, by fostering faith not only in Him, but also in one another, in human testimony to Him. This is a particularly precious gift in our “post-truth” world of “fake news,” which threatens to destroy our faith in the human capacity to receive and pass on truth; to bear trustworthy witness to God’s “good news” that is Truth.
“That which we have seen and heard we proclaim also to you, so that you may have fellowship/communion (κοινωνίαν) with us,” St. John reminds us elsewhere (1 Jn 1: 3). Thank You, Lord, for uniting us, and teaching us to trust one another, by entrusting Your good news to merely-human beings. Holy Apostles, pray to God for us!