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Let's hear it for FAITHFUL Thomas!

On the second Sunday of Easter we always turn to the one who is often called "Doubting Thomas." He is the one who misses out on the first meeting with Jesus behind the locked doors that keep them safe from the world. The others are thrilled with having seen the risen Lord and Thomas expresses his need to see for himself. He wants his own experience of "Show and Tell."

Would that we could all experience the hands-on experience that Thomas and the other disciples eventually had. Would that all our questions and doubts could be answered and addressed so readily and expediently. Alas, it doesn't always work that way, does it?

So, it is appropriate to gather once again and hear the Easter Message of the days after - the uncertain time, the time of questioning and rehashing. What next? Stay with us during this 7-week Easter season and listen to the witnesses. See what you can touch and taste, see and feel.

Maybe this poem by Anglican Priest, singer-songwriter, Malcolm Guite, will help:

"We do not know… how can we know the way?"

Courageous master of the awkward question,

You spoke the words the others dared not say

And cut through their evasion and abstraction.

Oh, doubting Thomas, father of my faith,

You put your finger on the nub of things

We cannot love some disembodied wraith,

But flesh and blood must be our king of kings.

Your teaching is to touch, embrace, anoint,

Feel after Him and find Him in the flesh.

Because He loved your awkward counter-point

The Word has heard and granted you your wish.

Oh, place my hands with yours, help me divine

The wounded God whose wounds are healing mine. - Malcolm Guite

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