During Frodsham Methodist Church's worship online yesterday we were thinking about Thomas.
As an engineer by profession and a scientist by education, I myself see Thomas as very nearly the closest to my idea of my own Patron Saint! Yes, he wanted to believe that Christ was Risen, but his whole human inclination and enquiring mind was to question just how this could possibly be.
Was it a true physical miracle?
Was it an imagination of the mind?
Was it a result of his own traumatized thinking after the shock of that inhuman dreadful experience of being a hopeless observer of Jesus’ crucifixion?
He just had to try to get to the truth and ask to see the wound, physically prod it with his fingers, and have physical conversation with his Lord.
For a modern enquiring engineer, scientist, medic, even today we inevitably ask the same questions, asking ourselves how it can be in a world where God appears to have created a universe out of big bangs, has created man by a series of seemingly random developments of sea life, amphibians, apes and finally man. Where also our God seems to also have started a whole series of developments of other religions as well as our own. Was this intentional? Does each one carry the development of a spiritual truth which God invites us to prod, question, look, challenge and try to relate to our own age and situation?
For many of us, we will never find the scientific, biological, sociological answer to all of these questions, but the freedom to ask, to enquire, to remain open to the challenges of our faith will, perhaps, be a permanent way forward for our relationship with our Lord and part of his challenge for our relationship with Him?
The reflections here are written by members of our congregation.