Today we remember Thomas, the apostle. We’re tempted to seek the safety of belief in an unbelieving world, to become unquestioning when troublesome questions arise. Our way to God should be quiet and undisturbed, we think.
Gregory the Great reminds us today of Thomas the Apostle.
“In a marvellous way God’s mercy arranged that the disbelieving disciple, in touching the wounds of his master’s body, should heal our wounds of disbelief. The disbelief of Thomas has done more for our faith than the faith of the other disciples. As he touches Christ and is won over to belief, every doubt is cast aside and our faith is strengthened. So the disciple who doubted, then felt Christ’s wounds, becomes a witness to the reality of the resurrection.”
That’s an interesting statement, isn’t it? “The disbelief of Thomas has done more for our faith than the faith of the other disciples.”
At Mass these days we’re reading the story of Abraham. What questions he had! He laughed a laugh of unbelief when God told this old man he would have a child. He had no answers when he took Isaac up the hill of Moriah to be a sacrifice to God. Yet he is “our father in faith.”
We go to God through questions, and some troubles too. We go to God by touching the wounds of Christ.