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eyeThis morning’s gospel acclamation reminds me of something I heard long ago that puts a slightly different spin on a familiar message. Jesus is talking to the Apostle Thomas who was not present with the others at the first post-resurrection appearance of Jesus. Thomas is remembered as saying that he wouldn’t believe that Jesus was risen from the dead unless he saw it for himself so today we have Jesus saying to him in essence what has come to be a catch phrase in our culture, i.e. “Seeing is believing.” But John’s gospel is interested in giving a further message to us who have never seen and will never see Jesus in the flesh. “Blessed,” he says, “are those who have not seen, but still believe.” In other words, “Believing is seeing.”

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