The most amazing and life-giving discussions have occurred at times where my mind has been elsewhere, my body tense. Yet it was when I focused myself on being present on the here and now, just for a little while, that magic happened. That God appeared. Today’s gospel reading, the story of Doubting Thomas, echoes the importance of being present. This morning, we find the disciples of Christ in a bad way. They are grieving, they are devastated, and they have locked themselves away in their house out of fear that they might receive a punishment as painful and humiliating as Jesus. Everyone is there, everyone is scared and everyone is suffering. Everyone except Thomas.