First Reading: Acts 2: 42-47
Psalm Response: Psalm 118: 2-4, 13-15, 22-24
Second Reading: 1 Peter 1: 3-9
Gospel: John 20: 19-31
It has been one week since the empty tomb and the first “Jesus is Risen, Alleluia!” The disciples are still in the same room behind locked doors, all but Thomas , who when told of Christs’ appearance, said “I won’t believe unless I see the nail wounds in His hands and put my fingers in them.” Thomas’ declaration of unbelief is the only time nails are mentioned in the Gospel as part of Jesus’ crucifixion. Thomas’ unbelief is not in question. He didn’t ask to see more than the other disciples. His unbelief and theirs is in being stuck in the house with the doors locked.
The Resurrection is a way of being and living, and a gift of God’s love. Living the Resurrection, however, is difficult. It changes us, gives us a way through our problems and unlocks the doors, so we can go out into the world and profess God’s love to others.
Is my life any different after Easter? Or am I stuck in the same place with the doors locked? Should I be living the Resurrection more fully than what I am. After all “The Lord is risen, Alleluia!”
Do you know the end of Thomas’ story? He was the apostle to the people of India. He dies a martyr after he was killed by spears that five soldiers threw at him. That doesn’t sound like a doubter, does it?
Dear God may we grow into resurrection people through relationships and the life we live, especially through the grace of God. Amen
Janet Sturwold, Associate