June 12, 2017

Matthew 28:17 When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted

“They” are the eleven remaining disciples. The risen Jesus is the “him.” This is Matthew’s version of what happened after that first Easter experience. It includes worship and doubt, two things we don’t often put together. Where does faith come from? Why do some believe and some doubt? Why will each individual sometimes believe and sometimes doubt- anything? Back in the 13th century Thomas Aquinas wrote, “To one who has faith, no explanation is necessary. To one without faith, no explanation is possible.” In the end, faith is a gift. You can’t make yourself believe something you really don’t believe. You can’t talk yourself into it. It is a gift that often comes diluted by doubt but none the less real. We all believe something. Our knowledge is not exhaustive and we all eventually reach beyond it. We all doubt, at least somethings at some times. This week ask yourself what you truly believe even in the midst of your doubt.

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