“…but some doubted.”

Matthew 28:17

Wednesday, 2 June 2021

Matthew 28:16-20

What kind of God do we believe in?

Doubt is part of the journey. We saw how Thomas doubted and needed to see Jesus for himself and touch his hands and side. Jesus met this request with understanding and compassion. When he had that proof, he declared his faith with such depth that we have the words recorded for us in Scripture, “My Lord and my God”. From this place of enriched faith, Thomas could respond to our Triune God’s love by proclaiming the Good News in both his behaviour and word.

Our questions and doubt help us to come to clarity and understanding and grow in the depth of our faith. Faith is a gift, and for some, it happens with a dramatic experience (like Paul experienced). However, for most of us, it grows in spurts and lulls throughout our life when we are open to God’s guidance and seeks understanding through, amongst other things, prayer, reading, listening to those who pass on the faith and by experiencing the example of the lives of those who believe. It calls for perseverance throughout our whole lives. Let all your doubt be a positive sign of your search for God.

That is the kind of God that we believe in, a God of compassion!

Will I see my doubts in a new light? Can I seek to proclaim with Thomas, “my Lord and my God”? How does this influence my attitudes, actions, and prayer?

“You, eternal Trinity, are the craftsman; and I your handiwork have come to know that you are in love with the beauty of what you have made, since you made me a new creation in the blood of your Son.” Catherine of Siena (Dialogue, 306)

God of compassion, help me to spread your love in my attitudes and actions.

Amen.

 
Katharine Knowles

Katharine Knowles was educated at the Dominican Convent of Our Lady of Mercy in Springs; and at the University of the Witwatersrand where she did a B.Sc. Physiotherapy graduating in 1973. She worked in this field, except for a few child-bearing years, until retirement in the last few years. She was trained as a spiritual director by the Jesuit Institute. She is deeply grateful for the gift of 3 children and 4 grandchildren (so far). Hobbies include walking, reading, being in nature and travel.

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