Oh, you have some other choices for this coming Sunday. You can hang with Peter, who is getting in trouble with the authorities, or you can head for Revelation.
Or you can take a vacation, but if you’re reading this column, I will assume you are not doing that!
It’s my experience that where Thomas is concerned we jump too quickly to dismissing him, when in fact many of us really would like to see some proof, so how can we not identify with him at times? I think it’s also instructive to look at his other appearances in John’s gospel (the Lazarus story in Chapter 11, and in Chapter 14 during the Farewell Discourse) and use those to build a sense of who this follower might have been in more fullness than John 20 allows taken by itself.
So, where are you headed this week? You may find all the texts listed here. Join us in the comments and let’s talk this over.
(The painting is Caravaggio’s “The Incredulity of Thomas,” which I found at — please don’t laugh — Lostpedia.)