St. Thomas

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When Thomas was told of the resurrection of Jesus, he doubt if  of its truth. In looking at what had happened prior to that resurrection, could he have had anything but doubt? Thomas had witnessed the torture and brutal execution of Jesus. Had he told any other witness of those events that Jesus had died on that cross, would anyone had doubted him? After that series of events, death would have been an expected outcome which no one would have any doubts about. It would be expected. When the disciples told Thomas of Jesus resurrection though, he did not refuse to accept what they had told him. He doubted it and demanded proof. With his doubt, Thomas was willing to accept that Jesus had died on the cross and permanently resided in a grave. He also held onto a glimmer of hope that Jesus rose from the dead. His faith was tested, but not destroyed. Doubt after-all is neither belief or disbelief, it simply resides between them. It might favor one, but always leaves open the possibility of the other.

When ever someone hears the story of Jesus passion, death, and resurrection for the first time, is it wrong for them to have doubts? When someone first encounters the Gospel it describes experiences that are foreign to everyday life. If the stories are not questioned, chances are they are being simply glossed over as inconsequential. Thomas’s doubts don’t give strength to the arguments that the resurrection is a myth. His doubts instead serve as verification of that testament. He had doubts, but testified to the truth. Every faith filled Christian begins as Thomas doubted. They hear the story as being too good to be true,but through their encounter with Christ they testify to that truth.

In looking at Thomas’s doubts, he required placing his hands in the wounds of Christ. The body of Christ that  we encounter is that  of the Eucharist. The Christian belief is that the bread and wine are the real presence of Christ. With wine, the grapes before being made into wine must be crushed and crushing is a violent task. They must be broken and their juice pored out from them.With the crushing of those grapes, and their fermenting in a cask, would anyone be surprised if the final outcome was as sour as vinegar or as sweet as wine? One might be ready to expect the sour vinegar, but still rejoice in the wine.

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