The Gospel reading today was John 20:19-31, John’s account of Thomas’ doubt and eventual confession of Jesus as his Lord and God. The choir sang this lovely piece, written by Thomas Troeger, called, “These Things Did Thomas Count As Real.”These things did Thomas count as real: the warmth of blood, the chill of steel, the grain of wood, the heft of stone, the last frail twitch of flesh and bone. His reasoned certainties denied that one could live when one had died until his fingers read like braille the markings of the spear and nail. The vision of this skeptic mind was keen enough to make him blind to any unexpected act too large for his small world of fact. May we, O God, by grace believe and thus the risen Christ receive whose raw imprinted palms reached out and beckoned Thomas from his doubt.
April 7, 2013