Earlier this week on Facebook, I saw a cartoon that was perfect for this morning.
It depicted three disciples standing together.
The middle disciple says “Am I ever going to live it down?”.
Another disciple says, “Thomas, are you still on it?”.
“I don’t get it. We do not call Peter ‘Denying Peter’ or Mark ‘Run Away Naked Mark’.
There must be a reason that this ‘doubt’ remains central to Thomas’ character as we have and will continue to forever intertwine ‘doubt’ with ‘Thomas’.
There must also be a reason that this is one of a few scriptures read in church EVERY SINGLE YEAR and always the Sunday after the Resurrection (Easter).
I think this reason is that it speaks to our own journeys of faith as well as our own faith development and formation, but also our natural human character.
Please raise your hands:
- if you were or continue to be the inquisitive one?
- if you were or continue to always ask questions?
- if you, perhaps, got into trouble for asking ‘too many’ questions?
Although I see a few hands, these are slightly lifted and hidden as though there is shame.
There is NO SHAME in being the ‘inquisitive one’.
We misunderstand ‘doubt’ as the opposite of ‘faith’, or even ‘belief’. Read the rest of this entry »