Doubting Thomas

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Every Christian knows the account of ‘Doubting Thomas’ in today’s Gospel. But do you really believe that it was by chance St. Thomas was absent, came and heard, doubted and touched, touched and believed?

It was certainly not by chance, but in God’s providence. The disbelief of Thomas has done more for our faith than we can imagine. As Thomas touched Christ and is won over to belief, all shred of doubt is cast aside. In a way, Thomas became the only apostle who attested empirical evidence to the reality of the resurrection.

In a marvelous way, God’s mercy arranged that the disbelieving disciple, in touching the wounds of his master’s body, should heal our wounds of disbelief. What follows is reason for great joy:

Blessed are those who have not seen and have believed. (Jn 20:29)

There is here a particular reference to ourselves; we hold in our hearts one we have not seen in the flesh. We are included in these words, but only if we follow up our faith with charity.

A true believer practices what he believes. But of those who pay only lip service to faith, Paul has this to say:

They profess to know God, but they deny him in their works. (Titus 1:16).

Therefore James says:

Faith without works is dead. (Jas 2:14-26)

Let us remember to remain steadfast and confident in our march towards heaven, as we echo the apostle in Hebrews 3:14:

For we share in Christ, if only we hold our first confidence firm to the end.

[Ref from St. Gregory’s Homilies]

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Originally posted on Instagram.
Image: The Incredulity of Saint Thomas, Caravaggio (c. 1601–1602) / PD-US

Noel Ethan Tan

Noel Ethan Tan

Noel is a Singaporean working as a rehabilitation counsellor at ACC(S) Psychiatric Rehabilitation Centre. He is currently doing a part-time Masters Program in Counselling and Guidance at NTU, Singapore. In his church ministry, Noel is currently serving in a young adults' Catholic community called Anawim that does Bible Exegesis. Noel is also pursuing a Certificate in Theology at the Catholic Theological Institute of Singapore. His favorite Bible verse is 1 Peter 3:15 — “In your hearts, reverence Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to make a defense to any who calls you to account for the hope that is in you, but do it with gentleness and reverence.”

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