Good News: A Weekly Update from St Thomas Church—April 9, 2015

Screen Shot 2014-01-21 at 2.51.46 PMAlleluia! Christ is Risen! The Lord is risen indeed! Alleluia!

The Easter flowers may be beginning to droop a bit, and the Easter candy may be gone from the baskets or store shelves, but Easter is just beginning! This coming Sunday, April 12, will be the second Sunday of Easter (not after Easter). These are the Great Fifty Days, running from Easter Day until the Feast of Pentecost. The readings during these weeks will focus on the post-Resurrection appearances of Jesus, and the actions (and adjustments) of his followers in those early days. They went through a lot. For the core leadership, this was a time of discernment as they sought to carry on the ministry begun by Jesus with them, and to share the Good News of Jesus’ resurrection. Some were disillusioned or still afraid and ended up going home. Others wanted to believe and wanted to trust, but were having doubts. Our own Thomas is the one whose doubts became legend, and the basis for the nickname, “Doubting Thomas.” His story is read each year on the second Sunday of Easter, which is this coming Sunday. You can read it at

John 20:19-31.

The important thing to remember about Thomas is that, despite his doubts, he stayed with the other disciples and remained in the conversation. He was bold enough to question. And when he finally did see the resurrected Jesus, he was able to say wholeheartedly, “My Lord and my God!” We, also, are encouraged to stay in the conversation despite our doubts, and to keep asking the questions, even the really tough questions, so that we, too, along with Thomas and so many others across time and space, may be able to say, “My Lord and my God!”

Peace and Blessing,