The Second Sunday of Easter
“Then he says to Thomas, ‘Bring your finger here and look at my hands, and bring your hand and put it in my side, and cease to be faithless, but be faithful instead.’ ” — Jesus of Nazareth
“Peace, doubting heart! my God’s I am…” — Charles Wesley
This Sunday, we will be joining Thomas and the other disciples as they see the risen Christ just days after his crucifixion. The story as told by John shows Thomas absent on Jesus’ first visit and therefore doubting the claim of his fellow friends. This story has been “recorded so that you might have faith that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that in having faith you might have life in his name.”
We read a story about a disciple’s struggle to believe so that we might believe! The grace and condescension of God meets us in our own doubt and disbelief by allowing us to see Thomas’. Though doubt may be necessary and needed at times, it is not the final destination—it may be a way station, but it isn’t where the train stops! So whether you identify and sympathize with Thomas’ doubt or you are like others who apparently didn’t share Thomas’ disbelief, we all share in the confession—“My Lord and My God!”
See you on Sunday!