THOMAS THE DOUBTER

Today’s the feast of Thomas, famous for doubting that Jesus really had risen from the dead.  ‘Unless I see his wounds … unless I put my hand in his side he would not believe.  He speaks for many people who find it hard to believe without solid physical proof.  When Jesus returns a week later, he is so real and unmistakable that Thomas forgets his demands of physical proof.  Meeting Christ is overwhelming and utterly convincing, and it still is.

Malcolm Guite has written a sonnet for him:

St. Thomas the Apostle

“We do not know… how can we know the way?”

Courageous master of the awkward question,

You spoke the words the others dared not say

And cut through their evasion and abstraction.

Oh doubting Thomas, father of my faith,

You put your finger on the nub of things

We cannot love some disembodied wraith,

But flesh and blood must be our king of kings.

Your teaching is to touch, embrace, anoint,

Feel after Him and find Him in the flesh.

Because He loved your awkward counter-point

The Word has heard and granted you your wish.

Oh place my hands with yours, help me divine

The wounded God whose wounds are healing mine.

(Sonnet from Guite’s ‘Sounding the Seasons’.)

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7 thoughts on “THOMAS THE DOUBTER

    1. Jesus returns after 8 days and repeats what Thomas said the week before, word for word. There is no record of Thomas actually putting his hands in the wounds. He simply responds ‘My Lord and my God.’ The encounter with the risen Christ is transformative of his attitudes: what appeared important the week before, in the light of his new experience, takes on a different perspective.

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  1. I do not know if Thomas was a researcher, a scientist, a lawyer, or an actuary or an accountant. His mindset was of the right kind for any of those roles. From what is related, he was satisfied once he had seen the primary source of evidence.

    We all can doubt, it is healthy to do so. I believe it is unhealthy not to.

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