Sunday, April 3, 2011

I Do Believe

When Jesus heard that they had thrown him out, he found him and said, "Do you believe in the Son of Man?"
He answered and said, "Who is he, sir, that I may believe in him?"
Jesus said to him, "You have seen him and the one speaking with you is he."
He said, "I do believe, Lord," and he worshiped him. - John 9:35-38
The man who had been born blind was thrown out by the Pharisees and Jesus went to find him. 
Why? To make sure the man believed?
Was there really any doubt when, after being interrogated by the Pharisees, the man continued to speak the truth? 
Each of us is important to Jesus. He loves us all all, even the Pharisees among us. But he knows we sometimes need to remind ourselves and others that we really do see. We really do have faith.
Sometimes we too need to have our eyes opened.
Sometimes we too need to make a profession of faith and say, Yes, I believe.
I love that Jesus went out after that man, because He went out after me, too. I have believed in Jesus my whole life. But I lived a lukewarm faith until the day my eyes were opened about the Eucharist and the Catholic Church.
Over 20 years ago, I made my Profession of Faith at the Easter Vigil and became Catholic. And my life has never been the same.
Jesus spoke to me and I said, "I do believe, Lord."
When others interrogate you or insult you about your faith or your beliefs, what will you say when Jesus asks you to make a profession of faith?
Jesus, help me to keep my eyes and my heart open to you always. Help me to say to others and to you, Yes, Lord, I believe.
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7 comments :

Barb Schoeneberger said...

Colleen, this is a poignant post. Every time I am at Mass and getting ready to go up for Communion I pray, "Lord, I believe. Help Thou my unbelief." I think we can never believe enough.

Colleen said...

Barb, Amen! I agree! Thanks so much for your visits today! God bless!

Jackie Parkes MJ said...

Wonderful blog..I will link to you..

Tracy said...

Colleen, I love how you said "because he came after me too" I feel that as well.. what a humbling and amazing feeling that is!!

Colleen said...

Jackie, thanks so much!

Tracy, yes, I agree! To think Jesus loves us that much!

deodate said...

Colleen, this must be a very special time of the year for you. I am head of our RCIA team and I love remembering all of the people who have journeyed with us into full initiation. I share your joy.
Andie

Colleen said...

Andie, thank you. Yes, it is a special time. I think of the Easter Vigil as an anniversary and I go every year to that Mass. My husband teaches in RCIA too. Such an important ministry!