Thomas answered Jesus, ‘My Lord and my God!’ (John 20:28)
Through the centuries, the term ‘doubting Thomas’ has not been used kindly. But who of us, put in the same situation, would believe that their dead friend had risen, without some doubt? I put it to you that more important than Thomas’ doubt is his faith. Saying ‘my Lord and my God’ is one of the fullest proclamations of faith in Jesus in John’s Gospel. And so we have affirmed again that doubt can be part of the faith journey.
The world that young people live in is not always conducive to faith. Access to so much information and so many competing faith stances and ideologies makes affirming one choice difficult. We cannot force the grace that is needed for faith. We can build relationships with the young, we can model our faith, and we can provide opportunities for prayer and worship. The rest is in God’s hands.
Have a great week!
Hi Pat, faith as a gift is something to be nurtured and dwelt upon. Sometimes their faith in things can let them down, the world is not predictable anymore and having faith could be a real challenge. It’s reassuring that they can rely of teachers to share their faith and share in the development of their faith. Keep up your great work here, Pat. Maree