Doubt, Question, and Grow
“Doubting Thomas” is an expression used for people who have a hard time believing what is sometimes evident. Today’s Gospel (John 20:24-28) is the origin of that expression. Thomas, the Apostle, doubted that Jesus had actually risen from His grave, “Unless l see the mark of the nails in his hands and put my finger into the nailmarks and put my hand into his side, I will not believe.”
In today’s Gospel, Thomas refused to believe. A week later after seeing for himself what others had been telling him, he cried out, “My Lord and My God.” When I was growing up, the mindset of many families was that children should never question their elders. In the seminary I remember being reprimanded when I dared to question the Rector. Since the Vatican Council, however, respectful questioning can be looked at in a positive way. Questioning can and oftentimes leads to growth within a person. In our Church we must be careful not to alienate those who have legitimate concerns. They may not agree with nor like the answers, but they nevertheless should be able to have their concerns listened to. Each of us is different – some don’t feel the need to inquire, while for others wrestling with the questions might lead to a stronger and even more committed faith. Thomas, the Apostle, the Doubter, was never put down by the risen Lord. Thomas doubted. Thomas questioned. Thomas GREW into the strong Apostle that he was.
Have a great week!