This Sunday we have another one of those things that is from the Bible but not everyone knows the origin, namely, “Doubting Thomas.” I have known several (many?) people use the phrase who were very surprised to find out it was from the Bible. That doesn’t make them bad people or anything, rather it highlights the universality of the story in our Gospel reading for today.
I suspect everyone has had at least one experience with a person who simply will not be convinced until some other thing, piece of evidence, eye-witness, is produced. These aren’t bad people either. There is nothing wrong with needing evidence for some things. I’m also here to tell you there is nothing wrong with doubt. Doubt is part of the human condition and its existence isn’t a problem, what we do with, or how we handle doubt . . . that’s the problem.
The sermon for this Sunday helps us understand that doubt is not the opposite of faith* but is actually part of being faithful, or faith-filled if you will.