John took this shaming so deeply to heart that he fled to the dese
rt. And there he
prayed fervently for God’s help. And the Risen Christ appears to him in the desert
and begins to tel
l him secrets of the universe.
of persecution may not be all that kept those who had staked their lives on
behind closed door
s that week past Easter
ear of looking foolish, of
and shame can make us do some things
we may not be proud of in hindsight
kind of a crazy twist on how self
we humans can be sometimes
o avoid looking foolish, we
believe, when abandoning our beliefs is what will prove foolish in the end.
being rejected by our fellow humans feels more frightening in the moment
than abandoning all that we had pinned our hopes on. But, I have a feeling it’s more
own insecurity, than it is about us choosing public acceptability over God.
Believing is a risk
it’s on us to take it or leave it, and to live with the world
we’re left to see.
So the church’s early steps into their post
Resurrection world may have been a step
in the wrong direction
a step toward fear, instead of a step toward faith.
he one often referred to in Christian circles as “Doubting Thomas.”
Funny how t
hose labels get pinned on people
when everyone else around him did
the same thing
he just happened to miss a meeting, that’s all.
And another thing
the word “doubt” is not in this passage in the Aramaic or the
Greek. The NIV and the NRSV translations go
t it wrong
and Thomas gets a
reputation as the weak link, when really he makes the strongest profession of faith
there is in the Gospel.
The word here is actually unbelieving, not doubt
and there’s an important
tion to be made. The problem is not
but his forgetfulness
about what belief is really about.
Jesus is telling Thomas something utterly primal about being human
hat is, what we believe, colors the world that we see. And what we
believe will determine what we are able to see.
It’s fine that Thomas wants to see
he just asked for the same thing everyone
emember, Mary Magdalene had already told the disci
ples about Jesus’