John 20:24-29 Reflection – Doubting Thomas

Reflection on John 20:24-29 ~

Years ago, I wrote a poem titled “Doubting Thomas”. Despite the weakness of my faith at the time, I knew God had a path for me. It leads off with the first stanza “Small Wire” a poem by Anne Sexton.

“My faith
is a great weight
hung on a small wire,
as doth the spider
hang her baby on a thin web”

Then transitions to my stanza of “Doubting Thomas”

My light faith as the spider strand metaphor,
sways in the breeze, barely holding onto me
So thin, even a breath can push it far away
I wonder if I can be like her greater weight

The entire poem “Doubting Thomas

Anne Sexton’s entire poem “Small Wire

The Disbelief of Saint Thomas James Tissot Brooklyn MuseumThe Disbelief of Saint Thomas, James Tissot, Brooklyn Museum

Additional Ordinary Time reflections

John 20  New Revised Standard Version Catholic Edition (NRSVCE)

Jesus and Thomas

24 But Thomas (who was called the Twin), one of the twelve, was not with them when Jesus came. 25 So the other disciples told him, “We have seen the Lord.” But he said to them, “Unless I see the mark of the nails in his hands, and put my finger in the mark of the nails and my hand in his side, I will not believe.”

26 A week later his disciples were again in the house, and Thomas was with them. Although the doors were shut, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you.” 27 Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here and see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it in my side. Do not doubt but believe.” 28 Thomas answered him, “My Lord and my God!” 29 Jesus said to him, “Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have come to believe.”

Thank you for meditating on this daily Gospel reading and considering this reflection on John 20:24-29.