I heard an excellent homily today on the gospel of Jesus appearing to the disciples when Thomas was not present. Why did Thomas need to see the wounds in order to believe in the resurrected Jesus? Perhaps it is all about personal connection… I know it is true for me that my deepest moments of connection with God, myself, or another human being often happen at times of loss, pain, struggle, questioning, despair. When I meet a fellow person in recovery, there’s a shared appreciation for the blessing of sobriety and the journey to get there. When I am brought to my knees because of some physical or emotional ailment, it is then that I finally permit myself to receive the kindness of others. When I’ve struggled with scary insights into my identity, God blesses the struggle by transforming my fear and self-loathing into self-acceptance, and steering me to companions who have walked in my shoes and who love and support me in my journey of integration. I remember St. Paul saying that it is in weakness that we are strong…that seems true for me.
What about for you? Let’s keep talking!