Sunday, 8 April 2018

Thomas' Legacy

I visited some friends the other day. It was a warm evening so we sat in the garden chatting. Moments later they both went into the house to prepare some refreshments and left me in the garden alone.

I sat admiring the view when suddenly out of the bushes came a fox. He moved around for a few seconds then hid again.

When my friend came out I told him about the fox. “Can’t be a fox” he said, “we live too far into town for a fox to come here …”

I said nothing and continued our conversation. Minutes later out came the fox again for a short while.

My friend shouted to his wife still in the house “We’ve got a fox in the back garden!”

Her exact reply was “Can’t be a fox, we live too far into town for a fox to come here!”

He called her a doubting Thomas and laughed it off.

Later that evening I thought about Thomas the disciple. What a service he did for Christianity without realizing it. By doubting Christ’s resurrection Jesus appeared again, and this time Thomas saw Him. The whole event was witnessed by the other disciples and recorded for us to read years later.

Had Thomas not doubted, we would have lost a valuable piece of evidence of Christ’s resurrection.

Jesus said to him, "Do you believe because you see me? How happy are those who believe without seeing me!" John 20:29.

10 comments:

  1. Another reason to appreciate St. Thomas' attitude.

    He's a Saint I can identify with - - - not ready to believe what might have seemed too good to be true: and more likely a hallucination brought on by grief and fatigue. Or a ghost.

    But when he had his evidence - and what evidence it was! - he saw that his questions were answered.

    Thank you for sharing this.

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    1. That's true, Brian. He was cautious. Yet history has depicted him more negatively as a doubting and unbelieving person.

      God bless.

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  2. Yes, Thomas has left us a marvelous legacy, indeed, Victor.
    Blessings!

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    1. A recorded piece of history as a result of his doubting.

      God bless you Martha.

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    1. Indeed, Bill. A reminder from Thomas.

      God bless.

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  4. Thank you. I always appreciate this Gospel. Doubting comes naturally to me. Have a wonderful week!

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    1. Yes, doubting comes naturally to most of us, Cathy. It is part of our nature.

      God bless. Happy week.

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