What are you known for? Virtue? Vice? Whatever we do results in a reputation. Our reputation can be accurate, but also not. We can be known for good or evil. We can be trustworthy, or untrustworthy. But once we have a reputation, it can be hard to shake.
Such can be the way we think of Saint Thomas. In the gospel, he seems to doubt. But his life is one of belief. Belief until death. Rather than a person of doubt, Thomas is like all who respond to God’s grace. Grace changes us. We are never stuck in our sin because God’s love is greater than all.