Sunday of Saint Thomas (2)

St. Thomas with ChristAlthough the doors were locked, 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; and put out your hand, and place it in my side. Do not disbelieve, but believe." Thomas answered him, "My Lord and my God!" Jesus said to him, "Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed." (John 20:26-29 ESV)

On the Second Sunday of Pascha the Church celebrates the confirmation of the resurrection of Christ.  Thomas, one of the Twelve, was not with the other disciples when Jesus appeared to them on the evening of that first day of the week.  Despite the testimony of others that they had seen the Lord, Thomas challenged the reality of the Resurrection until he could see for himself.  Eight days later they had again gathered behind locked doors.  Thomas, upon seeing the risen Lord for himself cried "My Lord and my God!"   Jesus then said to him: “Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed."  It is not because of historical evidence or miracles that we are called to believe.  We are called to believe because we have accepted the grace of God found in the preaching of the Good News.

For more reading: Paschal Homily of St. John Chrysostom


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Holy Prophet Elias

The glorious Elias, * an angel in the flesh, the foundation of prophets and the second Forerunner of the coming of Christ * sent grace from on high to Elisha * to drive away sickness and cleanse lepers. * Wherefore, he pours forth healings for those who honor him. (Troparion - Tone 4)

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, now and ever, and to the ages of ages. Amen.

O Prophet and foreseer of the great works of our God, * O renowned Elias, who, by your word restrained the clouds of rain, * pray for us to the only One Who loves mankind. (Kontakion - Tone 2)

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The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction. (Proverbs 1:7 ESV)

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Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner.

Wisdom from the Church Fathers

We believe that the divine presence is everywhere and that "the eyes of the Lord are looking on the good and the evil in every place." But we should believe this especially without any doubt when we are assisting at the Work of God. To that end let us be mindful always of the Prophet's words, "Serve the Lord in fear" and again, "Sing praises wisely" and "In the sight of the Angels I will sing praise to Thee." Let us therefore consider how we ought to conduct ourselves in the sight of the Godhead and of His Angels, and let us take part in the psalmody in such a way that our mind may be in harmony with our voice. 

St. Benedict