Pilate's palace guard soldiers mocked Jesus by "worshiping" him. They crowned him, robed him like a king, gave him a scepter, bowed to him, and hailed him as king. But they did not mean it. These things give disciples of Jesus pause: is it possible that our own worship of Jesus in fact mocks him?
John's story of "Doubting" Thomas teaches Christians the natural and spiritual response to an encounter with the risen Jesus. This challenges us as the Church to be the kind of Christians in whom others encounter Jesus and worship God.