Show me the proof
Thomas lives and breathes in all of us. We want concrete proof and we are unwilling to be gullible when people tell us fantastic tales. Belief cannot be forced. We cannot believe what we cannot believe. So, each of us has that journey between certainty and doubt, between what we can believe and what we cannot. Our understanding of the world is very different from that of the gospel writers. We cannot ignore the advances of knowledge and so we come to the text with very different eyes from those of our fellow travellers two thousand years ago. Thomas demands proof, yet when he is offered the chance to get such proof he does not need it. Thomas experiences something in that encounter with the Christ that persuades him of the overwhelming power of the love of God. Something has changed within him, something that will be changed forever and the Christ says “Peace be with you”.