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With Eyes To See

Happy are those who have not seen and yet believe
Acts 5:12-16; Psalm 118:2-4,13-15,22-24; Revelation 1:9-13,17-19; John 20:19-31

Sermon Week Second Sunday of Easter Cycle C

Scripture Summary John 20:29

The early Church leader, St. Augustine, once was confronted by a man who showed him his pagan idol and said, “Here is my god; where is yours?” Augustine replied, “I cannot show you my God -- because you have no eyes to see Him.”

In today's Gospel Lesson, the Risen Jesus confronts the apostle Thomas -- often referred to as "Doubting Thomas." Thomas had not yet developed the eyes to see Him and was finding it difficult to believe the testimony of His fellow Apostles that Jesus had risen from the dead and had appeared to them. "We have seen the Lord," the other disciples kept telling Thomas, but his answer was, "Unless I see the holes that the nails made in his hand and can put my finger into the holes they made, and unless I can put my hand into his side, I refuse to believe." But when Jesus appeared again to the disciples, Thomas was present. Jesus said to Thomas, "Put your finger here; look, here are my hands. Give me your hand; put it into my side. Doubt no longer but believe. Thomas replied, ‘My Lord and my God!’" (Jn. 25-28).

Thomas' confession, "My Lord and my God" is the most profound expression of Jesus' Lordship and Divinity to be found in all of Scripture. It goes beyond belief in what Thomas saw before him -- the Risen Jesus. It expresses Christian faith in its fullness: My Lord is Risen; My Risen Lord is God: "My Lord and my God."

The famous atheist lawyer, Clarence Darrow, once said in a debate, "They tell me there is a God, but I have never seen Him. I have no personal acquaintance with Him." To which his opponent replied, "It is credibly reported that Mr. Darrow has a mind, but I have never seen it. I have never touched it. I have no personal acquaintance with it at all."

The Apostle John has written, "No one has ever seen God." That is a reasonable, logical statement. When we see in this sense, we see objects, things outside of us whether [...]

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