John reminds us of this all-important truth of our Christian faith: we believe in a person, and we receive this belief from people. I often consider belief in Jesus in only one sense: believing that Jesus existed. That’s important for John. Yet there are so many other nuances to belief, which I can find just by looking at my relationships:

I believe when I allow distrust to give way to trust, when I give the benefit of the doubt, when I give relationships time and space to develop, when I let go of having to be right, when I accompany people who are suffering, only able to offer my presence, and when I honor my gifts rather than downplaying them. 

John says that this concrete act of belief is a fellowship that gives birth to joy. When I believe in others, I believe in Jesus. It’s the yoke that seems heavy at first but is actually easy and light.

Who do I choose to believe today? How will I choose to believe them?

— Ryen Dwyer, S.J., a Chicago-Detroit province Jesuit scholastic, is currently studying philosophy at Loyola University Chicago.