Saint Joan of Arc Catholic Community

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Saint Joan of Arc

Catholic Community

4537 3rd Ave. So.
Minneapolis, MN 55419
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Phone: 612.823.8205
Fax: 612.825.7028

Seeing is Believing: Chris Smith

Live your life to be a good example of what you believe.  Robert D. Hales

When my son got his driver's license, he earned the privilege of driving our 1996 Honda Odyssey. As much as he was excited to drive and have his own car, he was disappointed it was the car he scratched all over with a rock when he was three years old. Joey started to complain that the brakes did not work very well. I didn't pay much attention to his complaints because he was the kind of driver who didn't use the brakes until the very last second, slamming on them so hard passengers lunged forward until the seat belt locked and dug into their chest.  

Joey complained and complained about the brakes until I gave in and switched cars with him to check out the brakes.  I slid right through the first stop sign I approached. I braked earlier at the next intersection and still couldn't stop. I drove right to our mechanic, barely able to come to a complete stop, to have the brakes replaced. I called Joey to come pick me up and was more than a little embarrassed that I had failed to listen to him.  We were quite lucky that no one got hurt.

It reminds me a little of Thomas in last Sunday's Gospel. Thomas missed out on Jesus' appearance to the other apostles and refused to believe He was risen.  "Unless I see the mark of the nails in his hands and put my finger into the nail marks and put my hand into his side, I will not believe." (John 20:25)

Just as Thomas wouldn't believe the apostles until he saw for himself and experienced the risen Christ through touch, I wouldn't believe the brakes on the Odyssey were bad until I drove the car and experienced the poor brakes for myself. Is this a sign of personal failure? Yes, but it also seems to be a sign of human nature to adopt the "seeing is believing" approach to life in many situations.

If "seeing is believing" is a part of who we are at times, we can use human nature to help each other grow closer to Christ. If people need to see to believe, then let them see! Let others "see" you as the presence of Christ. Let them see the love of Christ in the way you worship, in your prayer life, in your love and forgiveness for family members, in your kindness to coworkers, in your courtesy as a driver, in your helpfulness as a neighbor, in your charity to the poor. Let them see Christ in you so that they may come to believe!