On Thomas, Who Doubted

The Gospel reading today was John 20:19-31, John’s account of Thomas’ doubt and eventual confession of Jesus as his Lord and God. The choir sang this lovely piece, written by Thomas Troeger, called, “These Things Did Thomas Count As Real.”

These things did Thomas count as real:
the warmth of blood, the chill of steel,
the grain of wood, the heft of stone,
the last frail twitch of flesh and bone.
His reasoned certainties denied
that one could live when one had died
until his fingers read like braille
the markings of the spear and nail.
The vision of this skeptic mind
was keen enough to make him blind
to any unexpected act
too large for his small world of fact.
May we, O God, by grace believe
and thus the risen Christ receive
whose raw imprinted palms reached out
and beckoned Thomas from his doubt.

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