15 Are you in 'Thomas Time'? - Dom DeSa

posted Mar 29, 2018, 9:07 AM by Neil D'Souza   [ updated Mar 29, 2018, 9:07 AM ]

When the ‘wilderness’ experience comes

Thomas time:

In Scripture (John 20:24-29), we read about 'Doubting Thomas', one of the twelve disciples, who underwent a crisis of faith. He was among the first lot of Christ's chosen twelve who were to teach and spread the Good News. He was not present when Jesus first appeared to His disciples following His Resurrection. And when the others told Thomas about the event, he refused to believe: "Unless I can see the holes ... and put my finger into His side, I refuse to believe." (v 25)

When, finally, Thomas was present during Christ's second manifestation to His disciples, he exclaimed: "My Lord, and my God!" Because only God could come back from the dead. And only a God of love would come back for a doubter.

If you and I experience doubts, going through our own 'Thomas time', it is no cause for alarm. Because our doubts don't separate us from God's love. Listen: "For his unfailing love toward those who fear him is as great as the height of the heavens above"(Ps 103:11 NLT).

I am strong in my faith

Perhaps you believe that doubts, followed by a crisis of faith, may happen to those whose upbringing leaves a lot to be desired. That's where you could be not just fooling yourself, but also standing on the precipice of a dangerous attitude of self-complacency.

We may have been 'solid' Christians for several years—born and brought up in a God-loving family, nurtured on godly values, attended Church and participated in the Sacraments regularly. And yet, somewhere, we took a wrong turn, knowingly or unknowingly. We allowed bad decisions and/or extenuating circumstances to cause us to lapse, perhaps even turn away from God. In small ways. Then growing as the tidal waves of doubt first assailed us, then swept over us relentlessly. And we let ourselves drift along. That was the beginning of our own crisis of faith.