April 18, 2015 -
LET US FOLLOW ST. THOMAS IN BELIEF
Each year, on the Sunday after Pascha, our Church tells the story of Doubting Thomas. Imagine the unending compassion of Christ, who let Himself be examined by His wavering apostle. This was done to assure Thomas of the reality of the Resurrection. One of the proofs Jesus offered to show were the wounds of His body. The sacred wounds were visible on His hands, feet and in His side, where the spear had pierced the flesh.
The most beautiful hands are those that bear the marks of service and sacrifice. These were hands that Christ showed to His Apostle. Today, too, those who render faithful service in the name of Christ will share in the blessedness of the resurrection.
Happily, St. Thomas’ story doesn’t end with unbelief, but with belief in the resurrected Lord. We all may have our moment of doubt; but let us bring them to Christ, as Thomas did. Let us join him in proclaiming this day our faith in the Savior: “My Lord and my God!”
The Troparion for the day eloquently proclaims: “When the tomb was sealed, O Christ our God, Thou the Life didst rise from the grave; and when the doors were closed, Thou the Resurrection of all, dist stand among Thy disciples, and through them, according to Thy great mercy, didst renew a right spirit within us.”