Monday 3 July 2017
Ephesians 2:19-22. Psalm 116(117). John 20:24-29.
Go out to all the world and tell the Good News — Psalm 116(117).
‘Peace be with you.’
The Gospels make no attempt to gloss over the flaws of the Apostles. Nevertheless, it seems that it is Thomas whose character remains unredeemed in the popular imagination. Peter denied Jesus three times; James and John both demonstrated vengefulness and a lust for power; yet it is ‘Doubting Thomas’ who seems forever defined by his scepticism! It is a pity, because we can readily empathise with Thomas’ attitude as we wrestle daily with our own doubts and fears. We can take comfort in the fact that Jesus does not scold Thomas for his disbelief. Indeed, in the midst of doubt, Jesus offers peace.
Our encounter with the risen Lord brings about peace in our own lives, but Jesus invites us to discover the source of that peace: the cross. He asks us to enter the wounded world, and help others experience Christ in the midst of their own suffering and doubts.