This image is a detail from “The Incredulity of Thomas” by Rembrandt van Rijn, 1634. On display at the Pushkin Museum in Moscow, Russia. Wikimedia Commons
This morning’s Gospel reading is John 20:19–31:
Our world is made for doubt, disbelief, and cynicism. Or perhaps better put, the way we have shaped the world makes doubt and skepticism at least one rational response, if not the rational response, to events, claims, and movements. Heck, one of the shows I do here for our VIP members is called The Amiable Skeptics. We may not start our lives with that level of resistance to belief and faith, but it doesn’t take too many disappointments and disillusion with this fallen world to beat it into us.