Thomas is the only disciple whose name has become a household word, “Doubting Thomas.” Thomas missed the Easter evening appearance of Jesus. When told about it, he said he would not believe Jesus was alive unless he could see and touch his wounds.
We all have doubts. But Thomas’ rash demand to touch Jesus’ wounds was regret that he was absent from that first encounter with the risen Lord. When proof was offered, Thomas backed down. The problem was not doubt.
Thomas had a problem shared by many Christians: a melancholy and discouraged spirit. His emotions overpowered him. This sort of gloomy disposition hesitates to cast off for new and distant shores. The cure for the gloomy spirit is the fellowship of the committed. Eight days after his absence, Thomas is back, surrounded by friends, and in the presence of Jesus. All is well.
To those of Thomas’ nature and spirit, Jesus says there is a higher form of faith than that based on sight. All who share Thomas’ temperament are important, even if they are out of step; all can move out of the shadows into the sunshine of a stronger faith.
Resurrected God, open the locked doors of our hearts. Replace our unbelief with a strong witness to the power of your love. Amen. — LD