St Thomas the Apostle by Malcolm Guite
Thursday 7th July 2022
Canon John read a powerful poem on Sunday during his sermon on St Thomas (Doubting Thomas, as you may know him) . It has much packed into it and perhaps deserves further contemplation:
"We do not know... how can we know the way?"
Courageous master of the awkward question,
You spoke the words the others dared not say
And cut through their evasion and abstraction.
Oh doubting Thomas, father of my faith,
You put your finger on the nub of things
We cannot love some disembodied wraith,
But flesh and blood must be our king of kings.
Your teaching is to touch, embrace, anoint,
Feel after Him and find Him in the flesh.
Because He loved your awkward counter-point
The Word has heard and granted you your wish.
Oh place my hands with yours, help me divine
The wounded God whose wounds are healing mine.
[from Sounding the Seasons: 70 Sonnets for the Christian Year]