In the Name of the Father and of the + Son and of the Holy Ghost.
Alleluia! Christ is risen! He is risen indeed! Alleluia!
What now? That is the question for today, for the first Sunday after Easter. As we hear today’s Gospel, which gives us both the first Easter evening and the first week after Easter, that is the disciples’ question. What now? In their context, it was “What now? Jesus is dead, and we must be next.” So, they hid in their latest home base: the Upper Room. They locked the doors, they prayed their prayers under their breath, almost like Anne Frank hiding from the Nazis. Thomas refused to be a sitting duck, so his answer to “What now” was going “off the grid,” so to speak. Surely the other ten and the women and anyone else connected urged him to stay, to be with the rest of them as they tried to pick up the pieces and move forward. But he refused. He felt betrayed, scared for his life, and refused to live by faith. He wanted sight, he wanted touch. Unless he could see Jesus in the flesh, stick his fingers in the holy wounds, he was out. And since that wasn’t possible because something he couldn’t yet explain had happened to Jesus’ body, he said what he thought would be his final goodbyes to his traveling companions of the last three years.
Sermons from Mount Olive
Mount Olive follows the historic one-year lectionary (series of readings).