Sunday, February 22, 2009

Ben tells Jack about Doubting Thomas, leaves to fulfill a promise

Jack comes out of Eloise Hawking's office and finds Ben in the sanctuary and he appears to be praying. Ben goes to light a candle and asks Jack what Ms. Hawking told him. Jack replies "Nothing that matters" and then asks Ben about who Eloise Hawking is and how she knows so much about the them and the island.

Ben's looks up at the painting "The Incredulity of Saint Thomas" by Michelangelo da Caravaggio and starts telling the story of Thomas. He tells jack that when Jesus wanted to go back to Judea knowing he would most likely be murdered, Thomas told the other apostles that they should go with Jesus so that they can die with him. He continues saying "But Thomas was not remembered for this bravery." He then tells the story of "Doubting Thomas" who refused to acknowledge the resurrection of Jesus. Ben chooses an intersting way to describe this saying "He just couldn't wrap his mind around it." Thomas need to touch Jesus' wounds to be convinced. When Jack asks "So was he?," be replies "Of course he was. We're all convinced sooner or later Jack."

Ben then starts to head out the church before Jack stops him to ask where he is going. Ben replies "Oh, I made a promise to an old friend of mine, just a loose end that need tying up." He then tells Jack he'll see him at the airport and leaves. When then see Jack sit in the pew and look upward as if he's slowly starting to move closer towards faith.

Ben's speech about Thomas seems to have at least two meanings. One is that Jack is Thomas. He refuses to have faith in the power of the island. The other is that Locke could possibly be resurrected like Jesus once his body is returned to the island.

Something else interesting about this scene is that Ben seems to be praying and once again lights a candle (he also lit one in "The Lie"). While Ben is telling Jack the story of Thomas, he also phrases it in a way that could lead one to believe that at one time he didn't have faith.

And last but not least, what is the promise that Ben needs to fulfill? I only know of one promise that Ben has made which we saw last season.

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