The Snowball of Faith from a Snowflake of Doubt
Now Thomas, one of the twelve, called the Twin, was not with them when Jesus came. So the other disciples told him, “We have seen the Lord.” But he said to them, “Unless I see in his hands the mark of the nails, and place my finger into the mark of the nails, and place my hand into his side, I will never believe.” Eight days later, his disciples were inside again, and Thomas was with them. Although the doors were locked, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you.” Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here, and see my hands; and put out your hand, and place it in my side. Do not disbelieve, but believe.” Thomas answered him, “My Lord and my God!” Jesus said to him, “Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”
We call him ‘doubting Thomas,’ but all he really asked for was the same thing that all of the rest of them had. He wanted to see Jesus. He wanted to see all of the unbelievable things that the other disciples saw. What happened here would be a microcosm of what would start happening for the next several thousand years.
People that fully believed, without a shadow of a doubt, talking to people that needed more proof, more evidence, in order to have faith.
Blessed are those that believe without seeing. At some point, their faith grows and they believe more and more.