Often, Thomas the Apostle gets a bad rap. We even call him “doubting Thomas.”
A while ago, some teenagers were performing a skit about the Wedding Feast at Cana.
James and John were talking and drinking. Then, they ran out of wine. One said to the other, “Do they have any more wine?”
“I don’t know. Ask Thomas.”
So he looks across the room and makes believe he sees Thomas and says, “He doubts it.
I think, however, that Thomas stands in our place questioning his faith, only so it will grow stronger. Or could it be that Thomas did not see the joy one would expect in those who had experienced the Risen Lord?
Suppose Thomas came to that room where the disciples were hiding. Suppose he found a sign that said, “Thomas, we won! Meet us out in the streets.”
Then Thomas, before touching the wounds of Jesus, sees his friends doing wondrous things, including Peter preaching the saving story of Jesus boldly and courageously as he did in Acts 2. He notices the hungry being fed and the sick being cared for. Perhaps, then, Thomas would say, “My Lord and My God.”
Resurrection happens whenever love transforms life - when someone offers forgiveness despite a burning desire for vengeance; when the rights of all are protected and not just a few; when the poor, hungry, homeless and disenfranchised are treated as brothers and sisters; when immigrants and refugees are not left to drown or incarcerated, but are welcomed as children of God. That’s when resurrection happens. Resurrection happens when enemies sit down to talk instead or planning the other’s demise. Resurrection is happening all around us; let us venture out of our locked doors and celebrate Jesus, our Lord who lives!
In the good that you do, may people say, “My Lord and my God.”