An excerpt from Fr. Mark’s sermon in 2016 on Thomas Sunday:
“Doubting Thomas?” Why do they call me Doubting Thomas?
They don’t call Peter, “Denying Peter,” do they? And Peter denied Him 3 times… when He needed him the most.
They don’t call Paul, “Hold Your Coat While You Stone Him Paul,” do they? Even though that’s exactly what he did when they stoned Stephen. . . .
When it was evening on that day, the first day of the week, and the doors of the house where the disciples had met were locked for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you.” . . . he breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained.” But Thomas . . . was not with them when Jesus came. . . . [and] he said to them, “Unless I see the mark of the nails in his hands, and put my finger in the mark of the nails and my hand in his side, I will not believe.” A week later his disciples were again in the house, and Thomas was with them. Although the doors were shut, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you.” Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here and see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it in my side. Do not doubt but believe.” Thomas answered him, “My Lord and my God!”
From sermon4kids.com: “You and I have never seen Jesus with our own eyes. The question is, will we be a doubter, or will we be one of those who Jesus said were blessed because they believe, even though they have not seen?”
Collect: Almighty and everlasting God, who in the Paschal mystery established the new covenant of reconciliation: Grant that all who have been reborn into the fellowship of Christ’s Body may show forth in their lives what they profess by their faith; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
Reflection: Thomas doubted the resurrection until he saw the nail holes and put his finger in the wound of the risen Christ’s hands and side. We, too, have been wounded in this life, and our society often teaches us to hide our wounds and vulnerabilities. What might happen if, like Christ, we invited those shut down by life to explore our wounds?
Sunday School 9 am
Eye Candy: A page of images about St. Thomas
Movies/Videos: “O Brother, where art thou” (2000), 3 escaped convicts in search of a treasure; “Proof” (2005), psychological drama about faith; “Luther” (2004 maybe), a DVD about 16th Century reformer
Image “The incredulity of St. Thomas” by Caravaggio.
This week Mr. Chris will guide you during Sunday School. Bring your minds and curiosity.