The Gift of Doubt, Sr. Marie Lucey, OSF

The Gift of Doubt

      A reflection on Holy Trinity Sunday by FAN staff, Sr. Marie Lucey, OSF

This reflection was originally posted in our May 25th newsletter

Sr. Marie Lucey, OSF

FAN Director of Advocacy and Member Relations

Who among us, faithful Christians though we may be, has never had a doubt? When we stand during Sunday Liturgy to proclaim “I believe,” is it a staunch profession of belief without doubt, or is it a statement of belief in spite of doubt? In the passage which concludes the gospel of Matthew, we are offered a reassuring gift. After the emotional turmoil of fear, confusion, grief, joy of Resurrection, the small group of Jesus’ faithful followers go to the mountain as Jesus directed them. “When they saw him, they worshipped, but they doubted.” Rather than reprimand or even question them, Jesus sends them out into the world “to make disciples of all nations, baptizing them” in the name of the Holy Trinity, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Jesus understood human doubt. Didn’t he himself cry out from the agony of the cross, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” He embraced Thomas, whose doubt preceded a full-hearted “My Lord and my God!” (more)


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