July 3, 2015
A Glorious Truth
But Thomas said to them, "Unless I 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."
Doubt takes varied forms. It can be a closed-minded rejection of ideas simply because they are proposed by authority--or just someone we don't like. Our doubt may be a reflexive response defined by fear. Doubt can certainly be an expression of pride.
But some doubt is indeed a response to mystery. Thomas witnessed Jesus' suffering and his terrible, demeaning execution. But now he's alive? And truly the Messiah? How?
Through those wounds. That's how. The wounds of Jesus evoke mystery and perhaps even doubt, but then, paradoxically, those same wounds reveal the glorious truth to Thomas and to us. As Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI wrote of Thomas' moment: "...it shows us that every doubt can lead to an outcome brighter than any uncertainty."
Risen Jesus, in your wounds I see your living mercy and love.
- Amy Welborn
Ephesians 2:19-22|Psalm 117:1-2|John 20:24-29