The Doubting Thomas
Feast of St. Thomas, Apostle
Scriptural Readings: Ephesians 2:19-22; Psalm 117:1bc, 2; John 20:24-29
My dear encountered couples:
Thomas had doubts. Thomas the Apostle would not believe the other apostles when they told him Jesus had risen from the dead. But there is no doubt that he hoped they were right. However, until he would see with his own eyes Jesus in the flesh and touch him, he wasn’t going to let himself be opened again to the possibility of another devastation. For him, once was enough.
We believe Jesus rose from the dead. The thought might come into our minds at times, “What if he didn’t?” But we know it is true. We don’t have serious doubts about the resurrection. But maybe we have doubts about other things in our religion. Maybe we don’t always believe what comes from the lips of priests and nuns, pastors and bishops, maybe we even have doubts about some of the things the pope says. Let me comfort you.
The Catholic who doesn’t have doubts about some of the things that come from the lips of his religious leaders is a Catholic who doesn’t think. And a Catholic who doesn’t think is a Catholic who might be brainwashed and brain-dead like members of religious cults who follow their leaders into death. Doubt that leads to serious thinking and seeking of truth is praiseworthy. It is natural and normal for humans to want to know all the truth and nothing but the truth – God made us that way.
When we take in everything, not wanting anything at all verified, there just might be something wrong with us as humans. Blessed are you for believing in the resurrection of Jesus Christ without seeing and touching him. But believing without serious doubt all things that come from the lips of your religious leaders is not what Christ had in mind.
Pray over and follow up on what you hear.