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“Doubting Thomas”

21 December 2011

Today is the feast of my patron, St. Thomas, who is often known as the one who doubted Jesus’s resurrection until he had seen the scars on his hands and feet and had put his hand in his side. Jesus appears to him, allows for this, to which Thomas makes the first recorded affirmation of Jesus as not only Son of God, but as God Godself. Jesus then reprimands him in what I find one of the most infuriating verses in the entirety of Scripture: “Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have come to believe.” At least Thomas had the balls (on more than one occasion, in fact) to say, “Wait, hold on a sec…” While there is much more to be said about Thomas than his doubting, I find comfort in knowing that one of the Twelve was a doubter like me, and that it was this doubter who was actually able to affirm more than any of the others, even St. Peter who could only call Jesus the Messiah, the Son of God (a.k.a., the one prophesied to come in the stead of David, who was (along with his heirs on the throne of Judah) also called Son of God.

At any rate, Nickel Creek has an amazing song about this identification with Thomas. Lyrics are in the video, so I won’t repost here:

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