1. Andrew

    Thanks for this. I especially appreciate your second paragraph about a balanced approach to our sinfulness and need for God’s mercy. One thing that I would add (which I did for my fake homily for this weekend for my homiletics course) is that we need to cooperate with what God has made available to us. Jesus did not condemn Thomas for wanting to see him. Jesus actually told Thomas to touch his wounds so that he would believe. Faith requires constant work and cooperation with God; conversion doesn’t happen overnight. Your fourth paragraph is necessary but it is also scandalizing for some people because they have been so warped by all the negativity that is presented to us every day. It’s just too hard for some people to imagine that we are essentially good.

    • Andrew, great to hear from you and thanks for commenting! This was also a practice homily for me for diaconate formation. A few of the other candidates touched on Thomas, which I chose not to do, but your comment is an excellent explanation of why that narrative should not be understood as a rebuke against him. If the rest of your practice homily was as good as your comment, you’re going to be one heck of a preacher! :) Peace and blessings to you, my friend.

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