I Doubt It

Have you ever played the card game “I Doubt It?” It’s a game of questioning the other players and trying to trick them too. It’s a game that you need a group of people to play with; definitely not a solitaire game.

Faith is like that I think. It’s not something you can do alone. Oh, there are times when solitude and silence bless our faith and are a part of a healthy faith practice. But generally, faith is a group sport.

Author Joan Chittister writes in “Illuminated Life” about this. She says one “hears the voice of God in the voice of the other, sees the face of God in the face of the other, knows the will of God in the person of the other, serves the heart of God by addressing the wounds, answering the call of the other.” It’s relationships that hold us accountable, that are with us day after day and week after week that enable us to recognize God and keep the faith.

Thomas gets a bad rap in the story of “Doubting Thomas” in John 20. One of Jesus’ first resurrection appearances was to a group of the disciples. Thomas wasn’t there. And later they tell him about it – but I wonder how did they tell him? Was it prideful or taunting: “We saw Jesus and you didn’t!!” Did they really believe it or did their own skepticism show through: “We saw Jesus but can’t give you any details.” Were they compassionate in sharing the good news, mindful of Thomas’ grief over the crucifixion?

Jesus reminded them that it’s in the “peace” that brings faith. It’s not about “seeing” but about connecting, touching and building one another up. I give thanks for this community of faith that is that for each other.

We’ll be looking for you tomorrow at 9 or 10:30 am to enjoy that peace of Jesus that comes to us when we are together.

Grace and peace,

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