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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October
1 The Protection of our Most Holy Lady the Mother of God and Ever-Virgin Mary
11 Columbus Day (USA), Thanksgiving Day (Canada)
17 Sunday of the Fathers of the Seventh Ecumenical Council

November
8 Synaxis of the Archangel Michael and the Other Bodiless Powers
11 Veterans' Day (USA), Remembrance Day (Canada)
15 Nativity Fast (Philip's Fast also known as Advent)
21 The Entry of the Most Holy Mother of God into the Temple
25 Thanksgiving Day (USA)

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O Christ our God, You are most glorious, * for You established our Fathers as lights upon the earth * and through them led us to the true faith. * O greatly Compassionate One, glory to You! (Troparion, Tone 8)

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

The Son Who shone forth ineffably from the Father * was born two-fold in nature. * Beholding Him, we do not refuse the image of his form, * but piously depicting it, we honor it faithfully. * Therefore the Church, holding fast to the true faith, * kisses the icon of the incarnation of Christ. (Kontakion, Tone 6)

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

Wisdom from the Church Fathers

Adam, before the fall ... participated in ... divine illumination and resplendence, and because he was truly clothed in a garment of glory he was not naked, nor was he unseemly by reason of his nakedness. He was far more richly adorned than those who now deck themselves out with diadems of gold and brightly sparkling jewels. St. Paul calls this divine illumination and grace our celestial dwelling when he says, 'For this we sigh, yearning to be clothed in our heavenly habitation, since clothed we will not be found naked' (2 Cor. 5:2).

St. Gregory Palamas (Topics of Natural and Theological Science no. 67, The Philokalia Vol. 4 edited by Palmer, Sherrard and Ware; Faber and Faber pg. 377)