|The Incredulity of Saint Thomas, by Caravaggio|
He comes up every year. If you've ever been an Associate, you know the joys of preaching him often.
Sometimes we get tired of preaching Thomas.
(But I love Thomas.)
There are other choices this week, including Peter sermonizing and Peter (possibly) writing a letter, and you can find them all here. You might also want to see all the ways this painting by Caravaggio has been re-imagined by doing a Google Image search for "Doubting Thomas." The word in the painting's title, though, is "Incredulity," which has more than one gloss. Yes, it's an unwillingness to believe (skepticism or doubt), but it is also inability to believe, which to me feels more like shock.
So as I lean into this text, I'm captivated by the shock they all felt and the likelihood that most of us would have been dubious about the reports, or hurt that we missed seeing him, or ... you fill in the next possibility.
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