Boy, people can be skeptical! Some may think we are not skeptical or doubtful enough and that not being so has gotten us into trouble. As a native New Yorker, I am inclined to skepticism. I doubt first then accept something as solid after much hard evidence. You might say I am a little like Thomas in today’s scripture. Most every late winter I get a serious belief that Spring and Summer will never come again. It makes no sense, because in fact they inevitably do come. Then, when the warm weather turns into Summer heat, people can be heard exclaiming “whew! It’s too hot!” Magically, it happens every year.
Today’s Gospel speaks to our human tendency to doubt and the featured character is Thomas, whom many of us grew up knowing as “Doubting Thomas.” Thomas is one of those disciples who is an interesting and welcome Bible figure. There is a Gospel of Thomas, which is not part of the Biblical Canon but found in the Apocrypha. Thomas’ writings are a collection of sayings attributed to Jesus such as this one;
(3) But the Kingdom is within you, and it is outside of you. When you know yourselves, then shall you be known, and you shall know that you are the (children) of the living Father. But, if ye do not know yourselves, then you are in poverty, and you are poverty.
Thomas picked-up on this to mean that the kingdom of God is literally right here, right now inside of us. Thomas thought that what we need to do is to get in touch with that and express it out into the world