Thomas’s reputation suffers because of our hindsight.
And we forget the other disciples didn’t believe the women when they said they had seen the risen Christ.
Thomas is courageous enough to say out loud what we believe.
It’s too good to be true.
The words of Christ, the promises … I want to believe them, I do.
But I know what I’ve seen.
I know what the last few days have been like.
And I can’t reconcile what I’ve experienced with what He said.
I’ve been in that same place.
There’s a difference between doubt and skepticism.
Doubt wants to believe.
Skepticism refuses to.
Jesus, in His compassion, meets Thomas at the point of his doubt.
Jesus, in His compassion, meets me at the point of my doubts.
Every single time.
The response is always the same. “My Lord and my God!”