Blessed, Believing Thomas

“Blessed are those who have not seen and have believed.”

John 20,29


Blessed are


who believe,

no matter the route they take.


Blessed are the absent

who empower us

to give witness upon their return.


Blessed are those unafraid

to enter the doubter’s debacle,

expressing what the timid fear to.


Blessed are the troublemakers,

who beckon a Divine greeting of


into our midst.


Blessed are the ones

brave enough to have

their hearts and minds opened;

they show us the path of conversion.


Blessed are the voices

that cry out with joy

at newfound insight:

“My Lord and My God!”


Blessed is the lineage of

Insolent Abraham

Unbelieving Sarah

Deceptive Rebekah

Trickster Jacob

Evasive Moses

Murderous David

Questioning Mary

Denying Peter

ancestors allowed to move on

from their weak or worst

human moments.


Blessed are those who

behold the nail prints,

penetrate those marks,

plunge their hand into the water-blood font;

these have revealed the entrance

into the Body of Christ—

a wounded place.


Blessed are those wounds,

still present,

not healed but glorified;

Blessed are those wounds

still present

that heal and glorify.


Blessed are you, Believing Thomas,

in whom we often see our twin:






Pray for us,

Blessed, Believing Thomas.


A Poem by Alan Hommerding


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