Father Paul C. Bebis
My dear Brothers and Sisters,
St. Thomas was remembered as the "Doubting Thomas," for his doubt led to a strong faith. He was no question a big doubter, but his doubts had a purpose, he wanted to know the truth. He expressed his doubt very openly, and yet he had them answered completely. He was one of Jesus` disciples, and he was considered a very loyal and honest man. He struggled to be faithful to what he knew, despite what he felt. When it was plain to everyone that Christ`s life was in danger, only St. Thomas put into words what most were feeling, "Let us also go, that we may die with Him." (John 11:16). He never hesitated to follow Jesus. We don`t exactly know why St. Thomas was absent the first time Christ appeared after His resurrection, but he was definitely reluctant to believe their witness to Christ`s resurrection. Not even his ten friends could change his mind. What we learned from the life of St. Thomas is that doubt can encourage us to rethink, for we can doubt positively. Doubt can be used to pose a question, get an answer, and push for a decision. Doubt itself has never been meant to be a permanent condition. St. Thomas`doubt never stayed forever, and he allowed Christ later to bring him back to belief. We should all take encouragement that their were many followers who did struggle with doubt as well. The lesson posed today by the life of St. Thomas is that do not settle into doubt, but move on from it to decision and belief. When you experience doubt in your life, take encouragement from St. Thomas.