Posts tagged belief

Lord, I believe; help my unbelief!

“He could do no mighty work there, except that he laid his hands upon a few sick people and healed them. And he marvelled because of their unbelief.”

In our Gospel reading we see Christ standing in the same tradition as the prophets before him. He is not only rejected here, but will eventually be abandoned by most of his disciples and be hung upon a tree. Christ marvels at the unbelief of those who have known him from his earliest years. It seems that they could not see what was in front of them.

Raising of Jairus Daughter, Ilia Efimovich Repin (1844–1930), 1871; The State Russian Museum, Saint Petersburg

“You shall not die, but live”

In this lost world of sin and death, to whom can we turn? Today’s gospel reading shows two examples that it is only Our Lord who can bring us any joy, meaning and hope.

The Resurrection of the body

The gathered disciples were certain this was the same Christ — the same man who had died, had been resurrected and stood in front of them. And that certainty is ours too.

Christ indeed from death is risen

“My Lord and my God!” These are the profound words of Thomas as he encounters the risen Christ for the first time.

Repent and believe the gospel

Those who seek to conform their will to Christ’s words of eternal life discover that they themselves begin to reflect the image of Christ to the world.