You’ve probably heard it said one too many times that “seeing is believing”. I wonder if, perhaps, it came from the biblical story which we popularly refer to as “The Doubting Thomas”. I dislike both of these characterisations.
Thomas was not present when the Lord first appeared to the disciples in the upper room Now, a week later, Thomas enters the Upper Room he hears that the disciples have seen Jesus. Quickly, he speaks the words which have forever characterised him as the Doubting One: ‘Unless I see the holes that the nails made in his hands and can put my finger into the holes they made, and unless I can put my hand into his side, I refuse to believe.’
Perhaps it’s only me, but, at this point I always imagined the other disciples getting furious with Thomas. But, in fact, the Gospels don’t paint such a reaction from the rest of the disciples. There is no judgment from the brothers. I wondered about this and two possible scenarios occurred to me that I hope can help us each on our journey of faith and in living Easter.
Join Ricardo da Silva SJ as he reflects on the readings for the Second Sunday of Easter.
Read the texts in your Bible or hover your mouse over the references below to see the texts:
Acts 5:12-16; Psalm 118; Revelation 1:9-13, 17-19; John 20:19-31
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Image: Closeup of Jesus and Thomas in the upper room, part of mosaic in the Resurrection Chapel at the National Cathedral, Washington D.C