April 14, 2015
From Sunday’s Gospel: But Thomas said to them, “Unless I see the mark of the nails in his hands and put my finger into the nailmarks and put my hand into his side, I will not believe.” (John 20:19-31)
Poor Thomas gets a bum rap. He happens to be the one apostle who was not present when Jesus appeared. Yes, he doubted what the other apostles told him, but I think any of the other apostles would have expressed that same doubt had they not been present.
We often stand in judgment of Thomas. We should be careful – when we look in the mirror, we may look quite a bit like him. We like to be in control. Because of this, we find it very difficult to leave situations in God’s hands. As much as we claim to be a people of faith, doubt creeps in when difficult times arise.
Challenge yourself. What is the baggage that has been weighing you down? In your prayers, let God know that you are turning it over to Him. Then do it. After a time, you may find yourself doubting God’s ability to get the job done and have the urge to seize control from Him. If that happens, are you any different than Thomas?